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America Is Sacrificing the Future

Writing of The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge by IAS founding Director Abraham Flexner and current Director Robbert Dijkgraaf, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will observes that the book “read in the right government places, might inoculate the nation against philistine utilitarianism.” Will continues: 

“The practical lesson from Flexner’s hymn to impracticality is this: Indifference to immediate usefulness is a luxury central to the mission of some luxuries of our civilization — the great research universities, free from the tyranny of commercial pressures for short-term results. Only government can have the long time horizon required for the basic research that produces, in time, innovations that propel economic growth.”

Read more at the Washington Post.

August 03, 2018