Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Science the Endless Frontier

In the newspaper industry they say that old news is not news. I think when it comes to timely publications, that may be true. But for the past couple of weeks I've been intermittently reading a July 1945 report to the President from the director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development that may actually still be news.

Vannevar Bush's report, Science the Endless Frontier, is as relevant today as it was more than 60 years ago. Among other things, he discusses:
  • Why scientific progress is essential
  • The war against disease
  • How science serves the public
  • Renewing our scientific talent
  • The importance of research
As our country transitions into restoring science as a foundation for policy, we'll refer back to interesting pieces from the report. It's definitely on our recommended reading list.

This is Part 1 in our ongoing discussion of Science the Endless Frontier.
Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - Flowing Scientific Knowledge
Part 3 - The Importance of Basic Research
Part 4 - The Need for Federal Support for Research

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