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Title Ivory Ghetto, The
Subject Science
Description The 33rd Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture
Creator Dick, Bertram Gale, 1926-
Publisher Division of Continuing Education, University of Utah
Date 1969-02-17
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
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Resource Identifier http://content.lib.utah.edu/u?/reynolds,898
Source Q171 .D525
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "The Ivory Ghetto," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Date Created 2008-07-29
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Description "THE IVORY GHETTO" 19 The task of expanding scientific knowledge is an enormous one, and perfectly ordinary mortals can add their bit. Data must be patiendy and carefully amassed. Conjectures must be worked through to all their conclusions. The more ordinary gifts of diligence, patience and orderliness have their rewards. Even genius must earn its place. Science is no arena where instant and untutored success is possible. Virtue gets at least a modest reward in a pleasing, old-fashioned way. There are few better examples of the power of cumulative human effort. Science is an amplification of human potential beyond individual lifetimes, not by any means the only one, but a striking example. To close the gap and bring more people to an enjoyment of the aesthetic side of science, I don't regard as an impossible goal. In fact, this is a far easier approach to science than that of studying it out of a sense that it is responsible to do so. It is hard to sustain the effort of study solely with a sense of responsibility, lips pursed in self-righteousness. There has to be some more immediate satisfaction such as, for example, that offered by the very real aesthetic side of science. The cost of cultivating it is that of raising the general level of mathematical sophistication. This seems to me to be so desirable from so many points of view that the chance it would give for a meaningful study of science for the non-scientist might almost be regarded as a by-product. I cannot see how stamping out mathematical illiteracy could have the effect of lowering the overall quality of education. If we were as appalled by mathematical illiteracy as we are by verbal illiteracy, our concern would help us to find a way to correct it. It's time we were more appalled! Bridging the gap between ivory tower and ivory ghetto might have an impact almost like a cultural renaissance. Is there any reason, once science became accessible, why we couldn't expect a surge of scientific interest something like what has happened in the case of the great broadening of interest in music which followed when it became generally available through inexpensive records and radio? Once this interest developed, some of the bigger problems, such as forming an informed science policy in a democracy, ought to be easier to approach. We'd also, perhaps, have a better chance at controlling the technology which increasingly manipulates us, through a more general appreciation of its limitations. As a marginal benefit, I could even give the talk that I would like to have given this evening on solid state physics. Science is both beautiful and sinister. To control the sinister we must know the beautiful. There is a story about a proposed use of a nuclear weapon. The idea was to precede its detonation over a city by a display of fireworks of such spectacular beauty that everyone would be outside looking up when the blast occurred, thus blinding them without destroying
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Source Original Manuscript: The Ivory Ghetto by Bertram G. Dick.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
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