It is an interesting observation- the great rivalry of the 50s and the Cold War, spurred research in these domains. The bottom line? Political expediency.
In oncology, we have too much of research. How much is directed towards Radiobiology? Novel fractionation schemes? I remain a staunch believer in “hard reboot” but the ideas get corroded in the acid tank of cynicism!
To respond to the Soviet technological threat, President Dwight Eisenhower created two remarkable publicly funded institutions, the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa). He also massively increased spending on university science programmes.“From the Bomb to the moonshot to the backbone of the internet and beyond, public spending fuelled an explosion of scientific and technical discovery, providing the foundation for generations of start-ups to come,” as Margaret O’Mara writes in her history of Silicon Valley, The Code.From Sputnik to Brexit: the case for public research spending | Financial Times
I will revisit this idea in a future blog post.