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Creative Science and Industry

Nature volume 128, pages 317319 (29 August 1931) | Download Citation



WHILE it would be difficult to find a more brilliant example of the value of creative science to industry than the experimental investigations of Michael Faraday, there is a tendency to regard such contributions of science as exceptional. Even on this point it is pertinent to recall the verdict of Huxley in 1877 in urging the value of technical education: “If the nation could purchase a potential Watt, or Davy, or Faraday at the cost of a hundred thousand pounds down, he would be dirt-cheap at the money. … What these men did has produced untold millions of wealth in the narrowest economical sense of the word.” In scientific research, quality counts supremely, but industry owes an incalculable debt to innumerable investigators engaged in scientific research directed by no other motive than the pursuit of knowledge.

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