Susan Allport is the author of Explorers of the Black Box: The Search for the Cellular Basis of Memory.
Sep 01 1988
The Human Side of Science
The human side of science. It’s a little like the Emperor’s new clothes. It must exist. Science, after all, is a thing made by humans, and its history is crowded with examples of how such human wrinkles as ambition, competition, personal likes and dislikes have punctuated its course. But while The Double Helix went far in dispelling any view of science as an impersonal, completely rational endeavor, many scientists are still of the opionion that the human side of science is ignored, that it is, in the end, irrelevant to the progress of science itself.