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Cycles of Invention and Discovery

Rethinking the Endless Frontier

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$25.50 • £20.95 • €23.00

ISBN 9780674967960

Publication Date: 10/24/2016

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176 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

4 line illustrations, 2 graphs, 1 table

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This will serve as an important book for members of Congress, government agencies, research facility managers, and academic institutions that may hold influence over funding resources.—L. A. Hall, Choice

The authors make a substantial contribution to both research policy as practiced by our federal government and the operations of research laboratories in many institutions in our country. This book should be required reading for government officials who fund research and to all who lead large research efforts.—Thomas E. Everhart, California Institute of Technology

Anyone interested in technology and innovation will want to learn the three lessons of Cycles of Invention and Discovery. First, the distinction between basic and applied research is false. Second, there is harmony not dissonance in making the transition from new ideas to practical application. Third, the advance of knowledge has entirely blurred the distinction between science and engineering. Only an individual with Venky Narayanamurti’s unique career could explain these matters in such captivating detail.—John M. Deutch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In this convincingly argued book, Narayanamurti and Odumosu—one of them with decades of experience in research management and the other with a deep understanding of science and technology studies—explain why the false distinction between basic and applied science has led to profoundly wasteful policy decisions. Their insights also lead to excellent, practical suggestions for change. Cycles of Invention and Discovery is a must-read for research managers, science policymakers, and everyone concerned with the future of innovation.—Ruth Schwartz Cowan, author of A Social History of American Technology

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