Nobel laureate Donna Strickland pens an opinion piece about the importance of discovery science.
Since the announcement that I won the Nobel Prize in physics forÂ chirped pulse amplification, or CPA, there has been a lot of attention on its practical applications.
It is understandable that people want to know how it affects them. But as a scientist, I would hope society would be equally interested in fundamental science. After all, you canâ€™t have the applications without the curiosity-driven research behind it. Learning more about science â€” science for scienceâ€™s sake â€” is worth supporting.