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Science for the “Haves”

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  • Prof. Ahmed Zewail,

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    1. Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (USA)
    • Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (USA)

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  • Prof. Maha Zewail

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX 78626 (USA)
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Abstract

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For centuries, the wisdom of the West of investing in basic science and technology led to its dominance in world politics and economics. Today, this wisdom is being put aside: fundamental research is losing its appeal to funding agencies and as a professional asset for job hunters. This state of affairs could exacerbate a dearth of innovations and lead to a transition of the “haves” into the “have-nots” of the world population. (Engraving: “Early Depiction of a Dutch Telescope” by Adriaen van de Venne, 1624).

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