The View From the Castle: As the line between basic and applied research grows less distinct, the requirement for humane goals in science grows more obvious

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley discusses the differences between basic and applied research, and how basic research is becoming outdated. There is a higher purpose, which Ripley names "the grand design of knowledge and truth" in which research inevitably finds its place. Modern research must participate in the attempt to alleviate the human condition through a set of priorities validated by socially significant reasons.


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Smithsonian Vol. 2, no. 2 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


May 1971


  • Castle View
  • Science
  • Government policy
  • Research
  • Science and state

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