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Queens College Nucleus, V8, N1, 1970



Queens College Nucleus, V8, N1, 1970


The journal of undergraduate scientific research at Queens College


College student newspapers and periodicals
Queens College (New York, NY.)


Queens College (New York, NY.)




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)




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Queens College (New York, N.Y.)


Allen J. Palmer- Editor-in-Chief
Lawrence S. Golub- Associate Editor
Fred S. Maron- Literary Editor
Marco D. Rand, James E. Rosenthal- Undergraduate Research Editors
Daniel Glitzer, Frank Young- Art Editors
Allen Rudman- photography editor
Robin L. Sorkin- Managing Editor
Jeffrey R. Brook- Business Manager

Literary- Leonard I. Berkowitz, Alice Bernsteen, Kenneth Blatt, Leslie D. Brandeis, Larry Brookner, Bonnie Cohn, Carol Copland, Anilkumar Dhundale, Royce S. Fishman, Jack Gershorn, Howard Goldstein, Fred Gould, Michael Heller, Roger B. Kahn, Ellen Katz, Carl Kirsch, Robert Landman, Paul Maller, Gene Nathan, George J. Pardow, Charles Reinga, Allan Rosenthal, Alftred Sakradse, Janice I. Shapiro, Beth A. Stevens, Steven S. Turner, Peter Zucker

Marc Hazan, Bernard J. Nash, Isaac Palmer

Heather A. Edelman, Terry J. Krauss, Dina Sokol, Carol Warren

Faculty Advisor- Martin L. Kaplan
" the strategy of the deployment of limited resources needs practical study." - J.D. Bernal

Science must re-examine itself. There exists an urgent need to discover how science works and how to make it work better. What is needed, in a sense, is an entirely new discipline in order to solve the problems existing between science and the contemporary world as a whole.

Science, today, is in trouble on all fronts--it has created for itself a virtual communications gap with the layman, the politician, and, in a mantter of speaking, the environment we inhabit. The obscurity of its goals and the preponderance of technology have brought about an attitude of mistrust and disinterest in the public. The lack of understanding between the scientific community and our public servants has become so grave that millions of dollars have been cut back from serious scientific projects; even though the nation prides itself on its scientific achievements, whether it is the Apollo mission or the defense of the country.

It would seem that the delicate balance between scientific knowledge and social change has been offset by another more ominous factor, that is , the science of industry. One cannot deny the outstanding comforts and advances we derive from tehcnology. However, in many instances we can readily acknowledge the encouraching destruction of our world that technology has ushered in. The advances resulting from one technological innovation quite often may result in unplanned and uncontrolled havoc in other areas. Man, for example, through the wonders of technology has developed pesticides. Currently, pesticides are doing an excellent job controlling insects. Nevertheless, as the chemical pollutants are concentrated along the upper trophic levels of the food chain, it may in the log run serve to control man himself. The technical age that brings us nuclear energy has yet to develop adequate techniques for disposing of toxic Nuclear wastes.

In many instances, technology, which is an outgrowth of science, has prostituted the basic goals of progress and civilization. One must reassess its partnership with science! Are we obtaining insight into the unknown by developing herbicides and chemical and biological weapons; by depleting our natural resources; and by by polluting our environment? Or has scientific technology successfully and unequivocally directed its resources to deal with such age old problems as hunger, malnutrition, overpopulation, disease, and the protection of the natural environment?

What we need is not a better detergent or gun, but rather, a new attempt to regain the dignity and humanity that is inherent in science, though lacking in technology. If one realizes that technology is not derived de nouveau, but it's ideas and implementation spring from the minds of men, a re-examination and redirection of its goals must then be investigated. A new discipline of scholarschip must be started in order to analyze the faults, correct them, and set new standards and ideals for science and technology. It matters not whether this new field of study is called the sociology, the psychology, or the philosophy of science, do long as serious introspection with regard to the foals of sicnec and technology in reationto the humanity and the world is undertaken. The problems are apparent everywhere; the resources to institute change increase daily, yet, "the strategy of the deployment of limited resources needs practical study."

In a modest way, we have attempted to present in Nucleus some of the problems that beset mankind, and their possible solutions. As well, we have undertaken to scrutinize one of the fundamental precepts of scientific scholarship, that is, the scientific method. The ideal of Nucleus is to present to you the best in undergraduate research that has been conducted at Queens College, and to reveal the relevance of science in humanity and the universe.

We wish to thank Professors James Hogg, Max Hecht and Raymond Disch for the in invaluable guidance and encouragement. We would like to express our overwhelming gratitude to Professors Marjorie Navidi, David Krinsley,and John Loret for their sincere interest in Nucleus. Our appreciation also goes to Mrs. Helen Hendricks, Mr. Michael levitt and the Student Association Finanaicla board for their generous efforts in helping to make a Nucleus possible. finally, we wish to express our appreciation to our faculty advisor, Professor Martin L. Kaplan, for his assistance and encouragement.

Allen J. Palmer Editor-in-Chief



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