Education: The Danger of Importance

Never before has the U.S. scientist been so important to government and industry. But does that mean he never had it so good? Last week at Indiana's Wabash College, Norbert (Cybernetics) Wiener, professor of mathematics at M.I.T., flatly answered no. Politics aside, said he, the role the scientist now plays can seriously endanger his intellectual health.

Up until World War II, the hard core of American science was to a large extent the individual scholar working alone and voluntarily sharing his work with like-minded people. But then came radar and the atomic bomb and the "need to do something about these quickly....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!