Some people complain that public communication of science is often too ‘dumbed down’; the crucial detail lost through a dilution of the facts as communicators seek to appease a disinterested audience. Others worry that most science is too complicated to be understood and appreciated by the general public. In this interview with Strictly Science – the exhibition in London investigating the past, present and future of medical research that closes today – long term science writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry rejects these ideas. No concept, she says, is too complex to be clearly explained, and the public have a far greater capacity for learning than they are often given credit for. However, as we soar through a ‘golden age of medical research’, and reveal ever more layers of complexity, we may find that ‘the more we understand, the less we understand’.
Written by Anthony Lewis
BPoD stands for Biomedical Picture of the Day. Managed by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences the website aims to engage everyone, young and old, in the wonders of biomedicine. Images are kindly provided for inclusion on this website through the generosity of scientists across the globe.
BPoD is also available in Catalan at www.bpod.cat with translations by the University of Valencia.