Science and Society

Those who pursue the study of science have created processes, tools and products that challenge and influence society and some of its belief systems, ethics and societal norms. In response, society debates and regulates science in order to prevent harmful developments and unacceptable outcomes, and to allow for new and beneficial products, processes and ideas. Science also can be affected by society, as well as governments, industry, economic interests and cultural perspectives.

Students explore the impacts of ethical, social, economic and political influences on science and its research.

Investigating Science Stage 6 Syllabus p.57


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Eratosthenes and Earth's Circumference

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Data collection at the Large hadron collider

The LHC produces 600 million collisions every second in each detector, which generates approximately one petabyte of data per second. None of today's computing systems are capable of recording such rates. Hence sophisticated selection systems are used for a first fast electronic pre-selection, only passing one out of 10 000 events.