In his article (Why Beauty of Scientific Models Is Often Only Skin Deep, Dec. 21), Michael Schrage has concocted a convoluted diatribe dealing with the raising of funds for scientific research, the process of doing science (i.e., generating scientific models) and the reporting of the results of these models.
In effect, he appears to put forth the thesis that scientists, in general, have entered into an era of abusing the scientific process and misrepresenting the results of their work to the public in order to garner research funding. This is an undeserved vilification of a scientific community which not only is faced with increasingly difficult problems to solve (and thus more costly research), but also is the envy of the rest of the world.
While there have always been a handful of "grandstanders" in science, as elsewhere in society, who are willing to put principles aside for personal gain (and who occasionally succeed), the vast majority of the scientific community is sincere in its efforts to do good science and to place scientific results in the proper perspective. The vast majority of scientific programs involving significant levels of funding have had to pass through an arduous process of peer evaluation and stiff competition. They represent the best capabilities of modern science.