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Government Science and Innovation in the New Normal

Discussion Paper

Rhonda Moore and Louise Earl | November 2022

Scientific knowledge has the potential to inform and to improve our everyday lives. This is the
premise of Dr. Vannevar Bush’s report The Endless Frontier (1945), which envisioned a world where
science would pursue the challenges facing society in exchange for autonomy to conduct those
pursuits. While the scientific enterprise has indeed delivered untold benefits for society since the
tenets of Dr. Bush’s report were adopted, this social contract has come at a significant price: the
divorce of science from society. (Douglas, 2021)

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