James Woudhuysen on Material World (Radio 4) on scientific development and the economy

James Woudhuysen appeared on Material World (Radio 4), 29/04 with Sir Martin Taylor of the Royal Society (who oversaw its Scientific Century report) talking about whether scientific development and innovation can push the economic recovery forward. The show is repeated on Monday (03/05) at 21:00, and is also available on iPlayer and as a podcast from the above link. The show trail asks:

Can scientific development and innovation push the economic recovery forward? The authors of a new report “Big Potatoes: The London Manifesto for innovation” believe so. Launched at the Royal Society the report highlights how there is currently very little debate in society about research and development. It has become socially acceptable not to know about science, argue the authors, and this change in public and political attitude is stifling economic recovery as well as limiting future innovation and therefore the creation of new industries and jobs for the future. Quentin is joined by one of the reports co-authors Professor James Woudhuysen and the former vice-president of the Royal Society, Sir Martin Taylor.

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  1. malcolm watts,

    I think what people want is a complete package, including the goal and timetable for completion.
    What do I mean by this? Take housing – people don’t just want somewhere to live, they want purpose – a job, a family, society etc. Robert Owen was on the right track but was hooked on the proclivities of the period connected with religion and not to mention the vibrancy of capitalism at the time – creating specific ideologies and dogmas. From a purely human point of view, a total package to achieve a given end would be ideal.

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