A Quote by John C. Polanyi on discovery, guidance, research, science, and scientists

(Concerning the allocation of research funds) It is folly to use as one's guide in the selection of fundamental science the criterion of utility. Not because (scientists) . . . despise utility. But because . . . useful outcomes are best identified after the making of discoveries, rather than before.

John C. Polanyi (1929 -)

Source: keynote address toCanadian Society for theWeizmann Instituteof Science,Toronto,June 2,1996

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