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.