Scientifically illiterate vs. politically clueless

  title={Scientifically illiterate vs. politically clueless},
  author={G. Vink},
  journal={Optics & Photonics News},
  • G. Vink
  • Published 1997
  • Mathematics, Physics
  • Optics & Photonics News
Following the Soviet launch of Sputnik, Congress responded to the perceived technology gap in the United States by passing the National Defense Education Act that funded new science, math, and foreign language programs in American schools. As one college president argued in the 1960s: colleges and universities were now “bastions of our defense, as essential as … supersonic bombers. Today, however, cries of technology gaps are viewed skeptically by a nation more concerned with battling the… Expand
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