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09.02.2011

Always Further - A plea for the reconciliation of science and culture

Claudie Haigneré, president of Universcience, has initiated the collective book A plea for the reconciliation of science and culture. A book including articles and testimonies of French leading researchers and specialists - scientists and philosophers (Claudie Haigneré, Michel Serres, Étienne Klein, Jean-Pierre Luminet, Éric Lambin, Nicole le Douarin, Henri Korn, Jean-Claude Ameisen, Gilles Dowek, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, Pierre Léna, Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, Bernard Stiegler, Edgar Morin) on the current great scientific research – the universe, living, mathematics and information. 

At the root of this book, is the desire to reconcile the public with science. Often seen as distant subjects belonging to experts, sciences are not considered by most people as an integral part of culture. A distrust of sciences and the control that we can had on them has even developed: sometimes we fear the powerful instruments; one calls the word of the expert into question. Thus, the books intends to present science to the public and to show how it concerns all of us, to tame it, to discuss it by pursuing the goal of science museums (Palais de la découverte, Cité des sciences et de l’industrie) of creating a culture of sciences. Throughout the book, discoveries are explained to understand technical and scientific progress and finally reconcile science and humanities.

To go further

Read the introduction by Claudie Haigneré

To gauge the extent of this challenge, let us begin by acknowledging that for many of our contemporaries and fellow citizens, science and technology do not belong to "culture". The very expression "science culture" should be enough to confirm this. Why is it necessary to add "science" as a prefix to underline that the sciences are an integral part of our cultural heritage? When we speak of "culture", we invariably think of literature, the arts, perhaps history and social sciences… But do we think of science?

 

Credits: Universcience et Edition Le Pommier