Science of the many, not the few

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt (1632)

When Politico magazine asked big thinkers how the Covid-19 pandemic will change our world, some of them heralded the revival of science and expertise: “Science reigns again” and “a return to faith in serious experts” were among their answers. And for a moment that seems like a comforting thought, as nations rally their most erudite scientific minds to assemble their respective coronavirus task forces. We, in turn, have learned to…