In October 1957, the US Office of Naval Research released a report
by an ad hoc group of its Solid State Advisory Panel, entitled Solid
State Physics Research, Performance and Promise. It gives an
overview of the field and argues that fundamental research needs
increased support for the purpose of military device development.
A "major and vital part of this research is government-supported
work in universities and government laboratories." The document
reflects the dominance circa 1957 of the so-called linear
model: that pure science lead to applied science and technology.
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