National Affairs: Science & the State

Addressing a mixed audience of scientists and "fellow innocents in the field" in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria hotel, the President of the U.S. was reminded of a story. It seems there was a man who needed a hearing aid, found that they cost between $200 and $800, "decided to make one himself, which he did. And he worked it with pretty good effect. So finally a man said to him, 'Now tell me, Bill, does this thing really work?' He says: 'Of course not, but it makes everybody talk louder.' "

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