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

People smoke marijuana, presumably, because it affects their brains, not despite that fact. Above, people in Sao Paulo, Brazil, campaign for the legalization of marijuana. Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

A mentor can help bridge the gulf between having an interest in a subject and actually pursuing that interest through action. Above, a boy gazes up at an image of Albert Einstein on a wall in Tunis, Tunisia. Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images

While traders may still roam the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, there's unseen action taking place every millisecond via fiber optic cables connecting computers run by trading firms and computers run by the Exchange. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Master science communicator Brian Greene shares the spotlight with Muppet scientist Dr. Bunsen Honeydew ahead of the 2008 World Science Festival in New York City. Scott Gries/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Scott Gries/Getty Images