by Eva Flicker
Most people never have and never will meet a scientist personally. Since the 1940s and 1950s, with the military's use and misuse of scientific knowledge (e.g., the atomic bomb), there has been widespread skepticism about science. This skepticism is made evident in intense public debates, for example those on reproductive technologies, genetic technology, etc. Yet, at the same time, there is a great deal of interest in new knowledge arising from scientific research, especially in the natural sciences.
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