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Author Topic: Did people ever actually revere scientists?  (Read 1033 times)
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« on: October 17, 2015, 03:50:08 pm »

I was watching a TV-series the other day that included a brief look into a parallell universe. There you saw a school class visiting a scientific research lab and being awed when the scientist running the lab showed up. It made me think about how I feel people these days see scientists and engineers merely as a necessary evil. However it also dawned on me that I might simply be wishing for a time that never was. As we often do on this website. So was it ever the case that the public saw scientists as someone to respect and admire?
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 11:03:54 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 07:12:37 am »

Albert Einstein was considered to be celebrity within his own lifetime.  His contribution to science was largely over after the formulation of the Special Theory of Relativity, but yet people sought him, and his name to give credence to their efforts.  Most notably when scientists made him represent their fears to President Roosevelt, and whose efforts would lead to Project Manhattan. the start of Project Manhattan

http://www.albert-einstein.org/.index2.html
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 12:27:50 pm »

And even today, his name is used to give credence to facebook user's shower thoughts.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2015, 03:40:18 am »

I was watching a TV-series the other day that included a brief look into a parallell universe. There you saw a school class visiting a scientific research lab and being awed when the scientist running the lab showed up. It made me think about how I feel people these days see scientists and engineers merely as a necessary evil. However it also dawned on me that I might simply be wishing for a time that never was. As we often do on this website. So was it ever the case that the public saw scientists as someone to respect and admire?

I saw that show too.  Wink  I liked its extrapolated Art Deco aesthetic.

In ancient Greece scientist-artificers were treated with awe and admiration.  I believe celebrity scientists have been a fairly steady thing since perhaps the seventeenth century.
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2015, 12:55:06 am »

How about Neil deGrasse Tyson?
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2015, 03:55:03 am »

How about Neil deGrasse Tyson?

Or his spiritual predecessor Carl Sagan?
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