THE IMPURITY OF SCIENCE

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Science is impure in two ways. There is not a 'pure' science. By this I mean that physics impinges on astronomy, on the one hand, and chemistry on biology on the other. And not only does each support its neighbors but derives sustenance from them. The same can be said of chemistry. Biology is, perhaps, the example par excellence today of an 'impure' science. Beyond this, there is no 'pure' science itself divorced from human values. The importance of science to the humanities and the humanities to science in their complementary contribution to the variety of human life grows daily. ... continued below

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Calvin, Melvin April 19, 1962.

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Science is impure in two ways. There is not a 'pure' science. By this I mean that physics impinges on astronomy, on the one hand, and chemistry on biology on the other. And not only does each support its neighbors but derives sustenance from them. The same can be said of chemistry. Biology is, perhaps, the example par excellence today of an 'impure' science. Beyond this, there is no 'pure' science itself divorced from human values. The importance of science to the humanities and the humanities to science in their complementary contribution to the variety of human life grows daily. The need for men familiar with both is imperative. We are faced today with a social decision resulting from our progress in molecular genetics at least equal to, and probably greater than, that required of us twenty years ago with the maturity of nuclear power.

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  • Robbins Lectures, Claremont, CA,02/27/1962

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  • Report No.: UCRL--10179
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 919669
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc893204

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Calvin, Melvin. THE IMPURITY OF SCIENCE, article, April 19, 1962; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc893204/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.