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In my file on Humor in Science is a cartoon which shows three scientists looking at a small pile of gray powder labeled "dehydrated elephant." One of them remarks, "Even if it isn't salable, it proves what a lot of money and research can do." In a crude way, this quip holds the germ of problems considered in Dr. Dubos' essays, presented at the Brookhaven Laboratory as The Pegram Lectures.
"Salable" implies a customer. Science is one species of creative action, and creation implies a product. Is the aim of science to produce goods and methods for the benefit of
The Dreams of Reason.. Ann Intern Med. ;55:876–877. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-55-5-876_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;55(5):876-877.
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