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    Re: Celestal navigation on a CD
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 Mar 26, 14:55 -0700

    Sad or not, this is how the things are.
    If you think on history, how the whole science
    enterprise was financed and supported by society,
    the main reason for this support was always war.
    (When the cold was ended, some people in the US
    were afraid that the US mathematics will just die,
    jobs and government support suddenly became very scarce.
    "Fortunately", this is not the case anymore.)
    But it really looks like if we ever have a society with
    no wars, no conflicts, "hard science" will just die.
    It seems that "ordinary taxpayers" not feeling any threat,
    just will not pay for
    any fundamental science except medicine.
    > Yes, sad.  But it's what drove a lot of nav and related science like
    > physics, astronomy and math.
    > Fred
    > > How sad, all that ingenuity was turned to such horrific ends, but
    > > no doubt equally ingenious scientists are working on similar
    > > schemes, even today.
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