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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
Abraham Flexner
With a companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf

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ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:

"The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge is excellent. Dijkgraaf's essay is a remarkable piece of writing that eloquently puts Flexner's essay in historical context, revealing the influence of his vision on the twentieth century and reevaluating it in the light of the twenty-first."—Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

"Flexner's brilliant essay is as valuable today as when it was first published. And Dijkgraaf's eloquent companion essay, which admirably connects the situation facing past and present advocates of basic scientific research, is a pleasure to read. The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge will be very useful in the intense global debate over this vital topic."—Neil Turok, Director and Niels Bohr Chair, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

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