“In some sense, the evidence of the usefulness of science is all around us,” Robbert Dijkgraaf said. “It’s in our back pockets, in our blood streams. We are governed by science—everybody is, even the people who aren’t supportive of it. But we are simply not aware of it anymore. It’s infinitely close by and infinitely far away.”
Read more of Alan Burdick's New Yorker article about his trip aboard an Institute bus headed to the March for Science with two dozen IAS scientists, amid the recent publication of The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (Princeton University Press) by founding IAS Director Abraham Flexner and current IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf.