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The Myth of Basic Science


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Isaac Newton with prism

Isaac Newton (1642-1727) uses a prism to separate white light into the colors of the spectrum, watched by his Cambridge University roommate John Wickins (right), as rendered in an 1874 print.

Credit: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

Innovation is a mysteriously difficult thing to dictate. Technology seems to change by a sort of inexorable, evolutionary progress, which we probably cannot stop—or speed up much either.

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