Philosophical Society of Washington

Science Sings the Blues

Too Little Money, Too Many Politicians, or Too Many Scientists?

Lisa Heinz
Retiring President


1972nd Meeting Abstract
Friday, January 18, 1991 at 8:30 PM

Abstract:

Oh, the golden halcyon days, the swelling national pride as Americans poured their soul into the noble quest into space. Not to mention a fair amount of money. During the Apollo years, Federal Support of university R&D rose 20% a year and the number of Federally-supported graduate students quintupled. Science prospered.

But the costs of doing science have risen two or three-fold since Sputnik, good proposals are not getting funded, and scientists are unhappy. What really is the problem, and what should be done about it? There are three woridviews:

Where lies the best course for science?

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