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Re: Unboxed - When Academia Puts Profit Ahead of Wonder - NYTimes.com
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 14:08:54 -0400



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From: George Dyson <gdyson () gmail com>
Date: September 7, 2008 1:47:33 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] Unboxed - When Academia Puts Profit Ahead of Wonder - NYTimes.com


"....as a matter of history, the scientific discoveries that have ultimately inured to the benefit of society either financially or socially have been made by men like Faraday and Clerk Maxwell who never gave a thought to the possible financial profit of their work. They were driven on by the spirit of curiosity, and that alone should animate workers in scientific laboratories. The moment that research is utilized as a source of profit, its spirit is debased. The state's and the individual's interest in its support is necessarily weakened, and the most glorious characteristic of modern science is debased. There may be a few who will think that Dr. Gregg is treading on their toes. If so, let the 'galled jade wince.'"

Abraham Flexner*, UNIVERSITY PATENTS, Science, Vol. 77, No. 1996 (31 March 1933) p. 325.

(*1866-1959, author of "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge")






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