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Cross Section: Robbert Dijkgraaf on The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

What is "useless" knowledge? Can it ever become useful? And how can this approach to scientific research be applied further afield? 

To be really useful, it’s always a second order of fact. It’s always something that comes as a spin-off of your primary drive, which is the innate curiosity. You want to discover what holds the world together. 

Hear more from Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor, as he discusses curiosity-driven research with the Guardian's Nicola Davis. 

Date
June 04, 2017