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Nature 340, 11 - 14 (06 July 1989); doi:10.1038/340011a0

The public understanding of science

John R. Durant, Geoffrey A. Evans & Geoffrey P. Thomas

Director and Head of Research and Information Services at The Science Museum, London SW7 2DD, UK.
Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 INF, UK.
Director of the Department for External Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JA, UK.

Both in Britain and the United States the public says it is more interested in science than (for example) sport. Public knowledge of science gives less cause for gratification.

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