(Written 26 Apr 2011)
Dear All,
In a recent lecture delivered at UCT (titled Will the World End in 2012?), Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell made the point that public is unnecessarily frightened by the great deal of mumbo-jumbo and pseudo-science in the movies and on the internet.
But “The real threat is that people don’t know enough science to realise that they’re being misled.”
Burnell (with her post-graduate supervisor Antony Hewish) discovered pulsars in the late 1960s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jocelyn_Bell_Burnell