The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

With a companion essay by Robert Dijkgraaf

Omschrijving

A forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, with the intent of creating products of immediate value. In such a scenario, it makes sense to focus on the most identifiable and urgent problems, right? Actually, it doesn't. In his classic essay The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge, Abraham Flexner, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the man who helped bring Albert Einstein to the United States, describes a great paradox of scientific research. The search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs. In short, no quantum mechanics, no computer chips. Original essay 'The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge' copyright A1939 by Harper's Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduced from the October issue by special permission--Title page verso.
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Flexner, Abraham
Titel
The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
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Princeton University Press
Jaar
2017
Taal
Engels
Pagina's
104
Gewicht
184 gr
EAN
9780691174761
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187 x 120 x 15 mm
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