Science vs politics

Scientists are often loath to enter the political realm, so when they do, we should listen carefully

21st March, 2009

Albert Einstein was the world’s best known scientist, but he also had a way with words, and the many interviews he gave and letters he wrote during his lifetime are often quoted. Almost as frequently he is misquoted and misattributed, presumably because citing the world’s smartest man is a shrewd debating tactic, and accuracy in debating is less imperative than it is in science.

For example, his famous regret about helping...

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