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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A 50 year Anniversary
Sputnik

An important anniversary passed on Sunday. Fifty years ago, the launching of Sputnik spawned a national crisis in the United States that many say was directly responsible for spurring large increases in government funding on basic science research and education.

I was thus overcome with a great sense of irony when I read today, just two days later, about a decline in government funding of basic research at Stanford. Apparently, this is first time that federal funding of science at Stanford University has fallen in 25 years. And the problem isn't just isolated to Stanford. Nationwide, government funding in university research and development has failed to out pace inflation.

It makes you wonder if we have learned anything.

Posted at: 9:53 PM (Edited: September 15, 2011, 8:16 PM)
Categories: Physics in the news, Science and Policy