Cheap Kiwi scientists

There was an excellent essay in Science last month by William Press, the multitalented president of the AAAS, titled¬†What’s So Special About Science (And How Much Should We Spend on It?), on… …the mystery of why society is willing to support an endeavor as abstract and altruistic as basic scientific research and an enterprise as … Continue reading Cheap Kiwi scientists

Graphs of Science Funding

  There was some conversation in the department today about science funding trends, the discouragingly low success rates for grants, etc. Just to have a place to point to, I’ll post some graphs, with almost no commentary.¬† Here’s science funding over the past few decades, in constant dollars, from Paula Stephan’s excellent How Economics Shapes … Continue reading Graphs of Science Funding