Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fert on Research in France

Nobel physicist Albert Fert makes the point I made in an earlier post. France does good research but is slow to capitalize on promising new discoveries by translating them into working technologies. He contrasts the responsiveness of American industry to scientific research by relating an anecdote: within a month of his first lectures on giant magnetoresistance, he had been visited by a delegation from IBM.

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