Sunday, August 31, 2008

Putting the Science in Science Fiction

I must admit that I am one of those people whose teeth grind at bad science in SF (oddly, the tritium in Spider-Man 2 is one of the worst offenders for me) and the idea that Torchwood are going to CERN sort of fills me with dread. However, this article by CERN's spokesman puts a much more positive spin on the idea. His thesis is that all publicity is good publicity and any awareness-raising of what CERN is and what it does is positive.

Maybe I do worry too much about the accuracy of science in what is, after all, entertainment, but I'm just somewhat worried about the lack of understanding in the general populace of the science and technology that keeps our civilisation afloat, and the mass media (although I'm not sure just how much that Radio 4 counts in that regard :-)) certainly should have their role to play in that.

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