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Exploring controversy's place in science

In a new video published by the Royal Society in their 'Science stories' series (which charts 350 years of scientific publishing at the Royal Society) Dr Paul Williams, a meteorologist in NERC's National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, considers why it is that scientific questions so often turn into full-blown and acrimonious controversies.

He visits Professor Geoffrey Boulton of the University of Edinburgh and the two look at early geological work by a young Charles Darwin and why accurate data are critical for the scientific record. They explore the history of scientific debate in geology, showing that recent heated arguments about subjects from climate change to genetically-modified crops aren't really anything new.

See the video here

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