Letter: Sorry state of science

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The Independent Online
Sir: In the same issue (24 May) as you carry a leading article entitled 'British science in a sorry state', you also carry a full-page advertisement for Apple Macintosh personal computers. The advertisement shows three men in white coats in front of a blackboard covered in chalk-written formulae. The most prominent compound includes an oxygen atom with five bonds]

As most GCSE students would know, this is impossible - it should have only two. Such basic ignorance in the design of the advertisement amply reflects the poor standing of science in this country today. It is all the more pertinent that the mistake occurs in an advertisment for a 'hi-tech' company.



Senior Lecturer in Physiology

King's College

London, WC2