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"Science in 2006, Revisited"

Journal Article, American Scientist, volume 91, issue 3

May / June 2003

Author: Lewis M. Branscomb, Director Emeritus of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program; Aetna Public Service Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Corporate Management

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Science, Technology, and Public Policy


About 17 years ago, Branscomb wrote a piece of science fiction with the dateline of 2006, 20 years into the future, imagining how two decades of change and growth in science might look from that vantage. All of his specific predictions turned out to be wrong. However, four trends he forecast are underway, including the trend that science would become ever more capital-intensive and that there would be a reintegration of sciences.

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Branscomb, Lewis M. "Science in 2006, Revisited." American Scientist 91, no. 3 (May / June 2003).

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