1st Edition

The Impact of Science on Society

By Bertrand Russell Copyright 2016

    Many of the revolutionary effects of science and technology are obvious enough. Bertrand Russell saw in the 1950s that there are also many negative aspects of scientific innovation. Insightful and controversial in equal measure, Russell argues that science offers the world greater well-being than it has ever known, on the condition that prosperity is dispersed; power is diffused by means of a single, world government; birth rates do not become too high; and war is abolished. Russell acknowledges that is a tall order, but remains essentially optimistic. He imagines mankind in a 'race between human skill as to means and human folly as to ends', but believes human society will ultimately choose the path of reason.

    This Routledge Classics edition includes a new Preface by Tim Sluckin.

    Foreword to the Routledge Classics edition. 1. Science and Tradition 2. General Effects of Scientific Technique 3. Scientific Technique in Oligarchy 4. Democracy and Scientific Technique 5. Science and War 6. Science and Values 7. Can a Scientific Society be Stable? Index


    Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970) is regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century and a celebrated writer and commentator on social and political affairs.

    ‘A joy to read' – The Daily Telegraph

    'A most beautifully written study which shows Russell at the height of his powers.' – Liverpool Daily Post