Donald Fleming

  • Big Science Under Fire

    Wartime breakthroughs carried science to new heights, and Russia’s first Sputnik opened wide the public purse. Now the broad enthusiasm and support for scientific research have given way to widespread animosity; these are lean times for universities and institutes that have drawn sustenance from scientific research. Here a Harvard historian examines the lovehate cycle and calls for “a new way of looking at science.” On page 101, a scientist-turnednovelist talks about the scientists themselves, how they think about their work, and what makes them different from nonscientists.

  • On Living in a Biological Revolution

    Harvard historian DONALD FLEMING takes a controversial look at the hazards and the sociological problems that are being spawned by the new discoveries in biology. They constitute a revolution, he believes, likely to be as decisive in the history of the next 150 years as the Industrial Revolution has been since 1750.

  • Associated Press

    Nobel's Hits and Misses

    “Given the impossible task of rewarding people for a service that nobody has yet discovered how to perform, the Norwegians have acquitted themselves creditably.”

  • The Meaning of Mental Illness

    More than half of all hospital beds in the United States are occupied by the mentally ill, and thousands of Americans are being treated outside of hospitals for depression, anxiety, or other types of neurosis. For an overall new of our changing attitudes toward mental illness and its treatment, the ATLANTIChas turned toDONALD FLEMING,professor of history first at Brown, then at Yale, and now at Harvard.