The very usefulness of the application of scientific advances, specifically technology, has obscured the fact that science, or natural philosophy, is actually a very cultural and intellectual activity. As so few people are mathematically literate there is not so much real understanding of what science is or how scientific advances are made. This is dangerous as this illiteracy applies to many politicians and administrators who have responsibility for making socio-economic decisions involving scientific and technological matters.
There is only one hope. This resides in a massive global educational offensive to improve the general level of knowledge. Although knowledge cannot guarantee good decisions, wisdom is an unlikely consequence of ignorance.
Sir Harold Kroto is one of the co-recipients of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and served as president of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 2002 to 2004. Since 2004, Kroto is a Francis Eppes Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University. He has received numerous awards and holds honorary degrees from academic institutions around the world. Kroto's Nobel Prize was based on his co-discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a form of pure carbon better known as ‘buckyballs’.
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