Proceedings PaperScience And Technology As "Public Knowledge"
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In a small book entitled "Public Knowledge, an Essay Concerning the Social Dimension of Science,"* a well-known theoretical physicist, John H. Ziman, points out that science is not "merely published knowledge or information." He argues that "its facts and theories must survive a period of critical study and testing by other competent and interested individuals." It is not until general acceptance has been gained that facts and theories merit the classification as science. Thus to add to the body of knowledge in science requires "a consensus of rational opinion over the widest possible field."**