Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Introduction-- Nanotechnology and the Public

Lewenstein, Bruce V.

Journal Information:
Science Communication
Vol. 27, Num. 2


An introduction to the special issue of Science Communication on "nanotechnology and the public," Lewenstein's article He argues that "questions of risk and uncertainty are often more important than questions of scientific detail, and scientists and journalists often disagree about how those risks and uncertainties should be portrayed." Recently researchers have focused on power relationships between "scientific institutions, public groups and policy makers." In the UK, efforts in "public engagement" have been important; in the US, ELSI concerns have been funded. This collection is a gathering of early studies on public opinion and nanotechnology. Each article is briefly glossed, and Lewenstein mentions other journals devoting issues to nanotechnology and society concerns.