New York: Harper, 1959. In the first place, it must be said that we cannot be certain that these figures are accurate: since there is no complete and unambiguous set of economic data available for the eighteenth century, the figures must be estimates and not hard facts. At the moment, those in the industrialised countries account for about 20 per cent of the human population, but together we consume over 80 per cent of the natural resources being used. In the case of agriculture, for example, the Brundtland report referred to the substantial gains made from the application of Green Revolution technology (discussed earlier), but pointed to the problems associated with large applications of agrochemicals and a narrowing of the genetic base of wheat and rice production (WCED 1987:162-70). This is an outlook on science education that emphasizes the teaching of scientific and technological developments in their cultural, economic, social and political contexts. On the other hand, this finding seems to apply only to 164 IN THE WIDER SOCIETY exports of sophisticated manufactured goods: many poor countries in the Third World export a great deal of their agricultural products, but find that their goods are declining in price over the long term. Therefore, governments may do work to benefit that industry. Production of fertiliser by Western and alternative technologies (230,000 tonnes of nitrogen per year) Number of plants Capital cost Foreign exchange Employment Energy Western technology (large-scale coal-based fertiliser plant) Alternative technology (village-scale biogas fertiliser plant) 1 1200 million rupees 600 million rupees 1000 about 0.1 million MWH consumed per annum 26,150 1070 million rupees nil 130,750 about 6.35 million MWH produced per annum Source: Reddy 1975. In today's world, such issues might include the impact on society of: Enabling students to formulate a critical understanding of the interface between science, society and technology. Instead, they must watch the development of pure science carefully, being ready to adapt and develop anything which looks promising. In consequence, no two sets of apparatus were exactly the same. However, it is unlikely that billions of dollars would be spent if science related only to our views of the universe. 1946; A. Scurr, personal communication). Musson, A., and Robinson, E. (1969), Science and Technology in the Industrial Revolution. Mantoux, P. (1961), The Industial Revolution in the Eighteenth Century. Sydney: Reed. When the research community is given freedom to allocate resources, the collective values of those making the decisions inevitably shape the direction of research. Hessen, B. Some of the most spectacular events of our day are occurring in Third World countries. And there is no doubt that science was, in this sense, a necessary part of the Industrial Revolution. Farrell, W. (1994), The Myth of Male Power. Scientists and technologists do not work in isolation. The production of garments for mass markets overseas, for example, relied on little more than large numbers of low-paid people skilled in the operation of sewing machines. Soman left his job, and Felig lost a good deal of prestige through the incident. The model for Indian industrialisation was the Soviet Union, with an emphasis on the establishment of a range of heavy industries in the public (government) sector as the basis for 'importsubstituting industrialisation'. It is in conjunction with technology, though, that science has had its most dramatic effects. CHAPTER 9 Science, Technology and Public Policy Ian Lowe This chapter begins by explaining why governments take an interest in science and technology. 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