Science: Freedom Is Necessary

In his hot seat on the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Henry DeWolf Smyth (author of the famed Smyth Report) has found time for reflection. He concludes in the current American Scientist that "in the world of today, science and freedom are necessary to each other."

Every year, says Dr. Smyth, practical technology becomes more dependent upon theoretical science. It is dangerous, he explains, to concentrate on sciences which seem to lead toward immediate practical goals: "Evidence shows that the value of science to technology comes from totally unexpected quarters and that the only safe objective to set up for science is the...

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