Over at the World's Fair, Benjamin Cohen asks if, in this day of synthetic genomes, has there ever been a larger gap in what science can do and the public understanding of science? He says to answer this question, which he leaves for his audience to do, there has to be a way to know and measure the public understanding of science as well as wonder about how people in the past understood Robert Boyle or Albert Einstein.

 

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