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120. Joseph Priestley’s imaginative political justification for the pursuit of pure science.

A great deal of nonsense is currently being spouted by people who believe that the days of unfettered “fundamental,” “pure,” “blue-sky” research are over – or, at least, that they ought to be, and that scientists should come out into the “real world,” whatever that may be. It would be interesting to see the same arguments being applied to ...

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