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Trump’s Budget Would Break American Science, Today and Tomorrow

By radically reducing the amount of scientific research U.S. scientists can do, the president’s budget willfully ignores 400 years of thinking about innovation and knowledge—and seven decades of the United States’ advantage in the world. “It’s like we’ve forgotten we went through a scientific revolution,” says Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor. “Facts can be shown with experiments. There’s a systematic way you can learn about the world.” . . .

Instead of propelling the country toward that gleaming tomorrow, this budget invests in the grimmest possible present. 

. . . “It’s about the most fundamental thing of human civilization: that we move forward, that we create things that weren’t there before,” says Dijkgraaf. 

Read more at Wired.

Date
March 16, 2017