Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Congratulations, but...

To the late Ralph Steinman, congratulations - of sorts - are in order for his belated Nobel prize. But here's the problem, straight from the article.

He never knew his life's work had been crowned with the highest accolade science can bestow,

"Science" doesn't bestow anything. In this case, a committee "bestowed" the award on Ralph Steinman.

There's a reason this word is treated like a person, and mangled so consistently. Fight the abuse at every corner.

1 comment:

N.J.P.B. said...

Strongly agree with this one, it always annoys me when people use "science says", "science tells us", or any other personification of an academic discipline in argument.