Science stood apart from politics for a long time, not any more


Andrzej Krauze MANY researchers will engage in their first overt political act on 22 April, marching in protest at US president Donald Trump’s anti-science stance. The prospect has fired debate over how politically active scientists should be. To understand why, you have to grasp the nature of the relationship between Western science and politics, one rooted in the era of state-funded research. This truly began in the years after the second world war, when governments realised that whoever had the best scientists would win the next war. The deal was: scientists are largely allowed to work undisturbed,
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