Peter Dizikes: Writings on Science and Society


Time Warp
Science museums wonder how much of the present belongs in their future
By Peter Dizikes. The Boston Globe, January 1, 2007

Science is a search for new knowledge. Science museums, however, are usually repositories of the past: fossils, old artifacts, vintage instruments. For museums casting themselves as places of education, the gap between science’s collectible past and its ever-changing present is a problem. Are visitors learning the right things about science if a museum’s exhibits are, effectively, antiques?

The question matters today because important research frequently stems from areas traditionally absent from exhibition halls, like molecular biology, neuroscience, and nanotechnology.

“Scientific institutions have a social responsibility to tell the public about the science that’s happening now,” said Bang Wong, creative director at the Broad Institute, the joint MIT/Harvard center for biomedical research in Cambridge. “But there are not enough venues to tell those stories.”

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