The Changing Environment of Science

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Science  01 Jan 1965:
Vol. 147, Issue 3653, pp. 13-18
DOI: 10.1126/science.147.3653.13


Of course the consequence of all this may be the broadening out of a scientific career into one more closely integrated with society in general. This is natural enough, and surely after careful consideration most would agree that this result is desirable. My question today directly concerns the necessity for maintaining the strength and integrity of science in the face of varied opportunities, responsibilities, and distractions: How should this strength and integrity be safeguarded? If the involvement of scientists in social affairs brings with it questionable or dangerous consequences to society, then society will take steps to formulate regulations for their prevention, with possible grave effect upon science. Similarly, in science itself, if the course of science and the behavior of scientists appear to scientists themselves to be damaging to its strength and progress, then a normal reaction on their part would be the formulation of rules and regulations to prevent such abuses.