This is one of those tales of a scientific revolution that never quite came to pass. Science, the movement's would-be revolutionaries argued, had lost its way. It had become too hierarchical and too focused on the whims of senior staff and their cronies. Humanity had allowed its collective scientific energies to be applied to war and environmental destruction, rather than to the public good. In the shadow of the still-blazing light of the atomic bomb, and with increasing concern over chemical and biological weapons as well as an emerging environmental crisis, science needed to take a long, hard look at itself. Elitist and stuffy, science had let itself fester. The time had come to imagine a new way of doing science.
1 January 2017