“To get a man started is difficult. Most of the decisions as to who gets money on a basic project, for example, are made by committees of peers or by scientifically oriented agencies of the government in Washington. Now this process makes sure that we support work of high quality, the best in the nation, and it's a good process. But it implies that the administration of University A can't make its own decisions as to what is important and significant in science, and that some‐how we in Washington can decide better. That's a strange commentary, it seems to me, on our system—a system in which we heartily and deeply believe in decentralized decision making.

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