ABSTRACT

In the mid-1900s, many people believed in science as if it were a wondrous gift from a wise wizard who had the magical powers to reveal “Truth” with a capital T and quotation marks to emphasize the special nature of this truth. During the first half of the 1900s, people could see how the magic of science delivered spectacular gifts, such as telephones, radios, miracle drugs, ever-safer airplane travel, and photos of distant planets that none of them would ever see firsthand. The number of examples of science’s victories kept growing so fast that few could doubt the magnificent power of science.