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  1. Cristian
    September 7, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    I once had a similar conversation with a former colleague of mine. She continued her studies in Theoretical Physics, whereas I became a software programmer right after graduation and then I started a business.

    She was kinda upset by the focus on practical applications of their studies, and I tried to argue that it makes sense, because in the end that’s where the money comes from. Research would not be possible without significant financial support from the society.

    However, I don’t think this means that people will forget about the discovery part. Take for instance the LHC project. Its cost is huge and the practical outcome is not that obvious.

    In the end, it’s just about a skill that scientists have to learn: pitching investors for their money.

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