Penicillin could have commercialized ten years before it was if enough effort was put in (p8) see The History of Pfizer and Penicillin, and Lessons for Coronavirus for more.
Avoided allowing science to become political in one way or another (p8)
How do you know what the right scale for a program is?
What does it mean for something to be a “pyramidal organization, with broad delegation downward and full facility for programs to move up.”
For the title of this book, I have drawn on the wealth of the vocabulary of the youth of our times. Theirs is a pungent stock of words, and action marks most of them.
That process has built us an overall governmental structure which is a monstrosity, with overlapping authority, swelled bureaucracies, agencies with no base at all, muddled lines of command.
He had to the full that loyalty which is one of the heartening characteristics of the Irish. (About John Victory)
I saw myself as a link between the president and American science and technology, and not as an oracle or an expert on all matters scientific.
This was done by a letter signed by FDR. In his book Roosevelt and Hopkins, Sherwood cites it and says “Bush probably wrote that letter himself.” Of course I did.
What, after all, is an organization? It is merely the formalization of a set of human relations among men with a common objective.
In my youth I had been taught that the most independent being in existence was a hog on ice, and I emulated a hog on ice.
For the conventional naval officer this would have been like sending a banker into an art school to see if the students knew how to paint.
Innovations are very likely to appear outside the organization which could find them useful, and there was no system for insuring that they would not simply be brushed aside.
His full story would be an epic; I hope he will write it. (On Palmer B Putnam)
They had a program to propose, a plan for bringing the idea to working form. They by no means ignored the enormous technical difficulties involved; but they had ideas on how to approach them.
Of course this hazard could be avoided by a careful youngster, but youngsters are not notably careful.
People exclaim in rapture, or its counterfeit, about a tangle of badly assembled junk, jumped pieces of metal. I raise no complaint. I find more real beauty in a well designed and fabricated crankshaft. Let them go their ways in peace.
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