Science isn’t just for science: my contribution to Edge.org

I’ve contributed a short piece to John Brockman’s annual Edge.org question. This year, he’s asking: “What scientific concept would most improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?”

My answer is about the methods of science, and how they can be applied more widely than traditional “scientific” disciplines. It’s a theme that will be part and parcel of The Geek Manifesto.

Alok Jha in the Guardian has written up a nice summary of some of the other entries.

 

About markgfh

Mark Henderson is Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health by supporting the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Geek Manifesto contains his personal views, not those of the Wellcome Trust. Before joining the Trust in January 2012, Mark was Science Editor of The Times, where he built a reputation as one of Britain's foremost science journalists and commentators. Mark's first book, 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know, was published in 2009 by Quercus
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3 Responses to Science isn’t just for science: my contribution to Edge.org

  1. Pingback: The Geek Manifesto | Canvassing your views for my forthcoming book « WorldWright's …

  2. Hi, Mark — you might want to add the book Progress in Bioethics to your reading list, if you haven’t already — http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=12074
    It’s a good read — I look forward to reading your book when it comes out — and I hope it will be in electronic format!

    • markgfh says:

      Thanks Linda — will look that up. Will have to ask publisher (Transworld / Bantam Press) about electronic formats, but pretty sure they’ll put it out that way, especially given target market!

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