August 21, 2013
The number of people who value the integrity of scientific fact is decreasing in the US. In Adam Frank’s call to arms for greater efforts to make science accessible and appreciated, he remarks:
During my undergraduate studies I was shocked at the low opinion some of my professors had of the astronomer Carl Sagan. For me his efforts to popularize science were an inspiration, but for them such “outreach” was a diversion. That view makes no sense today.
For sure, many gateways serve this niche, by engaging students, promoting citizen science, or demonstrating the exciting discoveries that happen across the world.