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Is Science Slipping Away on Us by Degrees?

Science writers weigh in on misrepresentation of science history, reasons for loss of trust, and whether physics is ripe for a revolution

Science writers have been thinking about the present and future position of science recently. Here are three interesting recent examples: Is science just cultural knowledge? In Horizons (Mariner 2022), University of Warwick science historian James Poskett argues that modern science did not really originate in Western Europe as often supposed: “Modern science wasn’t invented in Europe but came about as part of a global exchange”: We are usually told that modern science was invented in Europe sometime between 1500 and 1700. This was an era in which a small group of European pioneers overturned ancient superstition and developed the first modern scientific theories. Think of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and his heliocentric model of the universe or English mathematician Isaac Read More ›