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Science Ethics

Science under the microscope

Ethical questions can arise over the nature of science and the way scientists work.

For instance:

  • How do scientists produce evidence for a theory?
  • What pressures do they work under?
  • Can scientists influence their results? Do they? Should they?
  • How much confidence can we have in their findings?
  • What is the probability that their latest theory is correct?


These pages unpick some of these issues for you.



Professor Sir David King
What is science?

Prof. Sir David King, 
Chief Scientific
Adviser to the British

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