Culture : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Cultural context gives science much of its meaning and importance. So we write a lot about the interplay between science and culture. Hey, its in our name.

13.7 Cosmos & Culture

Commentary On Science And Society

Culture

President Barack Obama speaks at Nelson Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg. Standing to his right, Thamsanqa Jantjie gestures as if he is interpreting the speech for the deaf community. Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Just give me* some time and I'll get you some copy! (*For the record, this is not actually a monkey; it's a chimpanzee. It's the best we could do, under the circumstances.) Lise Gagne/iStockphoto hide caption

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Barbara King rings the "victory bell" and holds up a certificate celebrating her completion of 25 external radiation treatments. Courtesy of Charles Hogg hide caption

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Courtesy of Charles Hogg

The Cathedral Spires in the Black Hills of South Dakota are just one of innumerable formations across the planet that speak to the Earth's ancient history. K. Scott Jackson/Ohio Water Science Center/USGS hide caption

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K. Scott Jackson/Ohio Water Science Center/USGS

To children the world is a vast experiment, a laboratory of how things interact with one another. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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