Science and public affairs

29 09 2012

Since 1945 the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has treated the relation between science and public affairs. The first editor of the Bulletin was Eugene Rabinowitch, a biophysicist that became a leader of research on photosynthesis. He founded the magazine in cooperation with physicist Hyman Goldsmith. The bulletin emerged from a concern on the signicance of the wartime atomic program for the political organization of the world, and in general by a preoccupation about the applications of the discoveries of science. The array of subjects was expanded over time, especially covering the dangers of climate change, and the purposes of the magazine are now to ¨inform the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences… we reach policy leaders and audiences around the world with information and analysis about efforts to address the dangers and prevent catastrophe¨


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