Vernacular Science: The Science of Delivery
Prof. Milind Sohoni |
• January 2019
Prof. Sohoni explores the connection between the questions of development, i.e., sadak, bijli, pani and the ways of doing science. He looks at the frontier model of scientific knowledge and the recent emergence of "Big Science". He argues that Big Science has a "delivery problem"- It is not clear how Big Science will impact positively the problems of the bottom 80%. He then proposes "Vernacular Science", i.e., a science which begins not at the frontiers of science, but at the people most needing it, and of understanding the material reality, of subjects of science, its implementation by government or private agencies and the problems which need solution. He then argues that such an interdisciplinary and accessible methodology of science is the way to a more sustainable world.