Science for the "Haves"
For centuries, the wisdom of the West of investing in basic science and technology led to its dominance in world politics and economics. Today, this wisdom is being put aside: fundamental research is losing its appeal to funding agencies and as a professional asset for job hunters. This state of affairs could exacerbate a dearth of innovations and lead to a transition of the "haves" into the "have-nots" of the world population. (Engraving: "Early Depiction of a Dutch Telescope" by Adriaen van de Venne, 1624).