Science, politics, and public health

23 October 2020 Vol 370, Issue 6515

Science, politics, and public health
By William Roper


Science23 Oct 2020 : 385
There is an idea on the part of scientists that politics is dirty, and a companion idea on the part of politicians that science, by its continual qualifications and revisions, is, if not irrelevant, then at least out of touch with the constraints of a democracy: What seems optimal from the perspective of science may be impossible to implement in the political arena.