Advice To A Young Scientist by Peter Medawar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Medawar is one of a handful of classics on my science communication book shelf.

It is eloquently written and delves into many of the challenges of producing scientific knowledge for the public. Anyone with a science degree from university embarking on a career in research would benefit from Medawar’s advice. If you are involved in science and you have not read it, I recommend it. Each time you open it and reread, some new insights are sparked off.

Lately it provoked me to ponder the relationship between the old testament scriptures of the bible and utopias of scientific progress that scientists aspire to create. In societies in religious decline, the morality of scientists practicing science needs ethical oversight, to ensure that science is not used politically by members of society for dystopic ends.

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