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Reflections from a Nobel winner: Scientists need time to make discoveries [via The Conversation]

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 for 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 can’t have the applications without the curiosity-driven research behind it. Learning more about science — science for science’s sake — is worth supporting.