Il y a plein de choses très importantes qui y sont expliquées, mais je vous donne juste cet extrait particulièrement frappant :
One characteristic of twentieth century scientific research is its large scale. The number of scientists explodes and research projects become gigantic. The social organizations designed to manage the scientific mass further fragment the structure of scientific knowledge. Research groups, academic departments, corporate laboratories, and government agencies eye each other jealously, each fights to claim more credit, grab more funding, attract more talents, protect or expand its turf, and ensure loyalty of its members. This is reflected in the words “club” and “church” that often pop up in the history of molecular biology. (...) Many laboratory directors worry about the inclination of groups to dismiss things “not invented here,” because such attitude would reduce a laboratory’s research productivity, not to mention hindering scientific progress and technological diffusion at large. (...)
Fortunately, splintering forces have not prevailed, although they remain strong. Amid all the divergence and diversity, a scientific tendency persists in converging and seeking common understanding.
Si quelqu'un a l'envie de traduire ce passage en français je l'y encourage, moi, là, pas le temps, d'ailleurs j'y retourne ...