Trends: Changing the Map

In a day when statistics no longer surprise, President Kennedy's top scientific adviser found a way to dramatize the $12.3 billion that the U.S. Government is spending this fiscal year on research and development for defense and space. It is, Jerome Wiesner told a congressional subcommittee, more than the Government spent on research and development "in the entire interval from the American Revolution through and including World War II."

The big hunk of money means more than high taxes and the promise of audacious sorties into space. It also represents a Government-sponsored...

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