The time has come to move to our next site. Before we go, we do a quick summary of what we have learned about Science & Technology Policy while Maddie, our 8-year old entrepreneur shows us how she has actually applied it.
With a week off for How We Manage Stuff, we offer a little snippet of Maddie, our 8-year old entrepreneur who is visiting Washington. Maddie represents all that is right with American business. Its energy. Its vision. Its optimism. She is also the side of it that is 8 years old. Enjoy the introduction of this little fireball from an episode released in May.
It’s the last idea in Vannevar Bush’s list of principles to guide science policy and it is enshrined in law but it is really an observation of a fundamental conflict, the conflict between the interests of scientists and the interests of the public. The balance between these two communities is dynamic, we make adjustments as the needs of society change but at the same time, the heads of science agencies are responsible to the citizenry and must behave that way.
The principle is illustrated by the story of Allen V Astin, the Director of the National Bureau of Standards in the 1950s and the father of a well known comedic actor of the 1960s.
And our cast slowly returns. Rohit from IT is back from his term of public service and the 8 year old entrepreneur Maddie finds her way to Washington.
With this episode, we approach the 4th principle of science & technology policy, the 4th fundamental idea of Vannevar Bush. The principle is simple: in funding research the government has the right to alter the organization of the recipient and yet, government-sponsored research is one of the driving forces behind the industrialization of the university. So what happens to this conundrum? This week on How We Manage Stuff.
Plus Rohit is still arrested and is not doing himself any favors.
If you have a first principle then you have a second. This one concerns the leadership of Science Policy. We don’t require the leaders to be scientists. That would constrict our options and muddy a key idea. But we ask them to know what they are doing, something that our staff learns when the interview a candidate to be our policy director.
The first principle of science policy concerns money, though it has ramifications that are not as obvious as they might first seem. To explore the ramifications of science policy, we talk with Peggy Kidwell of the National Museum off American History and send Anna and Rohit in search of Google Server #1.
This episode is a little different from our regular episodes with our regular cast. It is a short essay on Vannevar Bush, an essay about the origins of the fundamental ideas that guide how the U. S. Government deals with scientific research and scientific institutions. It is designed to give you a little deeper understanding of the relationship between science & government and to give you that understanding in just 10 minutes.