Category history of science

For All Practical Purposes

It’s a fundamental problem in science: what good is knowledge if it doesn’t solve a problem, make an improvement, or otherwise provide clear and actionable guidance to society? Commonly, politicians and the media don’t understand how small-scale or unusual projects contribute to a greater pool of knowledge, deeming them wasteful, impractical, and out of touch. One well-known […]

Jeers and Caveats

Science as we know it has not been around forever, nor did it spring fully formed into existence. In the seventeenth century, investigative science in Europe was an emerging institution that had to prove itself to be “a form of knowledge worth pursuing in spite of both the jeers of the unlearned, and the caveats […]