Leave it to the professionals

Jonah Lehrer posts on amateur science, quoting Steven Shapin’s piece in Seed:

The transformation of science from a calling to a job happened largely during the course of the past century. Indeed, science is arguably the world’s youngest profession: The routinization of the paid role is less than a hundred years old; the word “scientist,” coined in 1840, was not in standard usage until the early 20th century.

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