The Science and the Written Word: Science, Technology, and Society

ISBN : 9780199734320

Lou Massa; Paul David Numrich
192 ページ
140 x 209 mm

In order to meet the growing scientific requirements of an increasingly complex society, it is essential for us to have an appreciation of the power and breadth of science. Science and the Written Word is a collection of interviews featuring some of the world's greatest scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The interviews examine topics related to the nature of science and technology, making them more accessible to the general reader, and emphasize the relationship of various scientific disciplines to one another. Through this book, readers learn from the "inside" how science is done, what motivates it, and why it is of importance to society as a whole. The book offers insights into scientific personalities and dispels common misconceptions regarding the popular image of scientists. The interviews in this book examine standards of behavior and ethics and demonstrate the relationships between science and social values. They delve into topics such as the utility of science in application to war, the importance of science in the educational curriculum, cost benefits of fundamental research in consideration of the national budget, and the public controversy of evolution versus intelligent design. Cumulatively, the discussions in this book give rise to an awareness of both the reality of science and technology and its profound impact upon the well being of society.


by Jerome Karle, United States Naval Research Laboratory, Nobel Laureate 1985.
1. "Genes Girls and Gamov"
by James Watson, President of Cold Spring harbor Laboratory, Nobel Laureate in Medicine, 1962.
2. "Ben Franklin's Scientific Amusements"
by Dudley Herschbach, Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1986.
3. "The Same and Not the Same"
by Professor Roald Hoffman, Professor of Chemistry, Cornell University, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1981.
4. "The God Particle"
by Leon Lederman, Director of Argonne National Laboratory, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1988.
5. "The Purine Path to Chemotherapy"
by Gertrude Elion, Scientist Emeritus with the Glaxo-Wellcome Company, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1988.
6. " The Discovery of Radioimmunoassay"
by Rosalyn Yalow, Scientist at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1977.
7. "Rosalyn Yalow Nobel Laureate: Her Life and Work in Medicine"
by Eugene Straus, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Digestive Diseases, SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
8. "In Search of Divine Reality: Science as a Source for Inspiration"
by Lothar Shafer, Professor of Chemistry, University of Arkansas
9. "Atomic Fragments: A Daughter's Questions"
by Mary Palevsky, Independent scholar and writer.
10. "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth"
by Paul Hoffman, Publisher of Encyclopedia Britannica.
11. "Lise Meitner: a Life in Physics"
by Ruth Lewin Sime, Professor of Chemistry, Sacramento City College.
12. "Crystal Fire: The Birth of the Information Age"
by Michael Riordan, Professor of Physics, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Biographical Notes on the Interviewees, Author of the Introduction, and Host of S&WW
Notes on S&WW in the context of CUNY-TV


Lou Massa is a Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has had visiting appointments at the IBM Watson Research Lab, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Bordeaux, the University of London, the Naval Research Lab, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, and Grumman Aerospace.