It is vital for the public understanding of science to continue to improve and one factor in ensuring this is to maintain a healthy science research base. In this context Tom Wilkie's article (28 May) makes depressing reading. He points out that the government funded research and development planned for next year is pounds 31m per week less than in 1985. Scientific underfunding will inevitably lead to scientific illiteracy.
Dr W N CATFORD
Department of Physics
University of SurreyReuse content