From Edwin Land, inventor of the Polaroid camera:
… applied science, purposeful and determined, and pure science, playful and freely curious, continuously support and stimulate each other. The great nation of the future will be the one which protects the freedom of pure science as much as it encourages applied science.
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I like this statement.
I’m applying for postdocs soon, so hopefully NIH and NSERC agree!
Ergo, there will in the future be no great nations. I had conjectured this, but it is nice to see an elegant proof.