04 December, 2011

Same, same...but different! Einstein, Planck and the role of science in society

  • process information to discuss Einstein’s and Planck’s differing views about whether science research is removed from social and political forces
Science is a powerful instrument. How it is used, whether it is a blessing or a curse to mankind, depends on mankind and not on the instrument. A knife is useful, but it can also kill.

Max Planck (Nobel 1918)This 'dot point' from the NSW Physics Syllabus is at best woolly and ambiguous and at worst misleading because it seems to imply that a great gulf existed between Einstein and Planck when in fact they were lifelong friends and seemed to have much in common and a great respect for each other.