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D. Tabor. Fashions in scientific research: the interactions between scientific curiosity and industrial needs. In The role of fundamental research in paper-making, Trans. of the VIIth Fund. Res. Symp. Cambridge, 1981, (Fundamental Research Committee, ed.), pp 3–17, FRC, Manchester, 2018.


This paper starts by considering the factors that determine fashions in fundamental scientific research in the field of physics and discusses the interaction of such research with industrial needs. It emphasises the importance of pure research both within industry and outside and suggests that this should be regarded by industrial accountants as an issue of ‘enlightened self interest’ for industry itself.

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