The arrival of a new Administration in Washington raises once more the question of setting priorities for science and technology. However, this may not be quite the right question. Setting priorities can be difficult without goals. If we don't have goals, if we don't know where we are going, it's hard to have a sensible discussion about the best way of getting there.

V. Bush, “Science—the Endless Frontier,” report to the President (1945),
reprinted by Natl. Sci. Foundation, Washington, D.C. (1990).
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