• May 22, 2016

20. AP8 What is the best way to fund research, and what kinds of research should be funded?

There are many kinds of research and many kinds of peo­ple involved in research. Some­times what seems use­less at the time can have huge con­se­quences a gen­er­a­tion lat­er (and some­times not). Some research results which seem a tri­umph at the time are show use­less by lat­er devel­op­ments. A career in research requires ded­i­ca­tion and tal­ent, but is high­ly risky in terms of per­son­al and insti­tu­tion­al suc­cess. How can all of the­se fac­tors be bal­anced?