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Science is, on the whole, an informal activity, a life of shirt sleeves and coffee served in beakers.
To solve a problem is to create new problems, new knowledge immediately reveals new areas of ignorance, and the need for new experiments. At least, in the field of fast reactions, the experiments do not take very long to perform.
To feed applied science by starving basic science is like economising on the foundations of a building so that it may be built higher. It is only a matter of time before the whole edifice crumbles.
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December 6, 1920
August 31, 2002
George Hornidge Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham was a British chemist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967.
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