Science and Power Politics: Freedom’s Laboratory

The story of Laika (above, in a postage stamp from the Emirate of Ajman, now part of the UAE)
The story of Laika (above, in a postage stamp from the Emirate of Ajman, now part of the UAE) Smithsonian Magazine
The story of Laika (above, in a postage stamp from the Emirate of Ajman, now part of the UAE)
The story of Laika (above, in a postage stamp from the Emirate of Ajman, now part of the UAE) Smithsonian Magazine

Science and Power Politics: Freedom’s Laboratory

Those who hold scientific truth have the power to change societies. Many times in the past, that scientific knowledge has been used to manipulate or marginalize. This week Worldview is hosting a series on the intersection of science and power politics. Today’s conversation focuses on the ideology that science has no borders and is apolitical. At the start of the Cold War, physicists were enlisted by agencies like the CIA to divorce their fields from any social implications. That would, in turn, allow for scientists to engage in diplomacy and intelligence-gathering with the appearance of objectivity. To discuss, we’re joined by science historian Audra Wolfe, author of Freedom’s Laboratory: The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science.