The Unpredictability of Science and its Consequences

March 16, 2004

You might expect scientists to have a good idea of where their research will lead—but in fact, says Sir John Meurig Thomas, they are no better than the general public at seeing into the future. Today on Focus, the Cambridge University professor will give us examples of scientific unpredictability in his own field, chemistry, as well as physics, medicine, and biology.

Guest: Sir John Meurin Thomas (Honorary Professor of Chemistry, Davy Faraday Research Laboratory, Cambridge University, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London)