The idea that the public, as well as the government and industry, should have scientific advisors is an old one. The idea that the interests of the public should have lawyers to defend them is old too, yet it was not until the 1960's that a renewed public understanding of the insensitivity of governmental and industrial bureaucracies led to a substantial commitment in the legal profession to public‐interest law. It appears that the scientific community may now have reached a similar point; a growing awareness of the dangers of leaving the exploitation of technology to special industrial and governmental interests has led to an increased readiness among scientists to undertake work in public‐interest science.
Public‐interest science—an overview
Martin Perl, Joel Primack, Frank von Hippel; Public‐interest science—an overview. Physics Today 1 June 1974; 27 (6): 23–31. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3128632
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