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The remarkable success that our century has witnessed in all fields of science, theoretical and applied, often betrayed us into optimistic dreams of progress. Recently, however, the use of the atom bomb, deadly pesticides, Apollo 5 pollution at blast off, equal to 6000 Boeing 707 Jetliners, etc., has raised many moral questions. Many of those who previously believed in automatic improvement of culture through science have been seized by a profound skepticism and now put their hopes in a return to prescientific past. Whether we share such hopes or not, we must admit that the reputation of science, even of human knowledge itself, is at stake. We have come to a crisis of confidence in scientific pursuits.
Consulting engineer, Ormond Beach, Fla.