The Royal Society said that China was now second only to the US in terms of its share of the world’s scientific research papers written in English. The UK has been pushed into third place, with Germany, Japan, France and Canada following behind.
“The scientific world is changing and new players are fast appearing. Beyond the emergence of China, we see the rise of South-East Asian, Middle Eastern, North African and other nations,” said Chris Llewellyn Smith, director of energy research at Oxford University and chair of the Royal Society’s study.
“The increase in scientific research and collaboration, which can help us to find solutions to the global challenges we now face, is very welcome.
Absolutely. Science is a public good.
That’s why we subsidise it of course: because we all benefit whoever does it an whoever does it cannot profit from having done so.
That more people are peering into test tubes in China is simply a good thing for us. Because we get to use what they find out.
This won’t stop some moron starting to talk about the growing “science gap” or some such nonsense but it remains true all the same.