By Pushpa M. Bhargava And Chandana Chakrabarti
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In the first stage of the scientific revolution, the protagonists of the new method focused their attention on questions pertaining to extra-terrestrial objects and, phenomena: we had Galileo, Copernicus and Newton who toppled theories about the earth and the sun supported by theologians for centuries. The emphasis then shifted to understanding the nature of the non-living world around us. In the last twenty-five years, the emphasis has been on biology, that is, on questions pertaining to life.
Student unrest, and the frequent disturbances of law and order, are not merely signs of indiscipline but embrace an element of genuine questioning of established norms and a groping towards values which are preached by their elders but never practiced. There are reasons, therefore, for viewing the future with optimism; the first steps have been taken, and one can only hint that the changeover will not be cataclysmic. Responsibilities of the Scientist We may now consider briefly the responsibilities of the scientist and the educated nonscientist in respect of the promotion of scientific temper in the country.
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Angels, Devils and Science: A Collection of Articles on Scientific Temper by Pushpa M. Bhargava And Chandana Chakrabarti