Raghavendra Gadagkar

Three succinct reasons why scientists should communicate science to the general public

Friday, October 30th, 2009 | Education, Science | Comments Off on Three succinct reasons why scientists should communicate science to the general public

wasp1Raghavendra Gadagkar, social insects biologist, writes:

I believe that most working scientists should spend part of their time explaining and discussing their work with a larger audience. There are at least three important reasons for this. One is that science needs to become an integral and essential part of society and not be perceived as an outside force that is at loggerheads with society. Second, scientists need to recruit the best young minds to make up the next generation and that can only happen if we devote time to communicate with the general public. Third, I have no doubt it will help us appreciate our own work better.

From the book review of  Keller, L. & Gordon, É. 2009: The lives of ants. – Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, XI + 252 pp.1

  1. That would be the other Keller, mind you.
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