Is U.S. science in decline?

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The article discusses whether the US science is in decline. If the US loses its dominance in science, historians of science would be the last group to be surprised. Historically, the world center of science has shifted several times, from Renaissance Italy to England in the 17th century, to France in the 18th century, and to Germany in the 19th century, before crossing the Atlantic in the early 20th century to the US. Between the 1960s and the present, US science has fared reasonably well on most indicators that one can construct. The following is a summary of the main findings reported in the book. First, the US scientific labor force, even excluding many occupations such as medicine that require scientific training, has grown faster than the general labor force. Census data show that the scientific labor force has increased steadily since the 1960s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalIssues in Science and Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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