Radio 4 goes STS?
By Jon Agar, on 23 May 2009
Intriguing announcement at the top of the new series of BBC Radio 4’s Leading Edge broadcast on thursday 21st May:
“We’ve performed a bit of alchemy. For the past decade this programme’s principal concern has been with the products of science with its findings whether a freshly disinterred fossil, or a distant galaxy, a recent observation or a new theory. Starting this week we are shifting the focus from the findings themselves to the process by which they are found. Instead of treating science as an accumulating mountain of facts we will look at the who, the why, the what and the how. Who does the work? Why is it done? And how scientists operate as people who are more than the sum of their scientific publications”
Well that sounds like STS to me. It’s great to hear, of course. But what has prompted the change in direction, and why?
The first episode centred on a long interview with the government’s chief scientific advisor, John Beddington. It will be interesting to see where the programme goes next…