Science and society : The natural-unnatural dualism

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-109
Journal / PublicationInterdisciplinary Science Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1995
Externally publishedYes


Science provides knowledge that technology transforms into means of action. Their impact on society will depend on effective use being made of these means. The chemical and physical sciences have profoundly modified mankind's living conditions, chemistry in particular playing a central role. Its creative power has made available new materials and a range of new processes for transforming matter. As a result, the question of control of science by society has become more and more relevant. Effective control requires that the public and decision makers be provided with information for evaluating the potential impact of technology on society as well as for preserving the necessary freedom of scientific research and safeguarding the quest for knowledge. © 1995 The Institute of Meterials.

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