My old friend Ron Allan sent me the following link to an interesting article:
The writer, Viscount Ridley, points out that many scientific and technological advances were made by several people, even though we recognise only one. Darwin comes to mind, and last night Mrs SG and I watched a dramatised documentary (‘Genius’) which presented the perfection of television as a duel between the youthful Philo Farnsworth and Vladimir Zworykin, working for the aggressively entrepreneurial David Sarnoff of RCA. But I was always taught that TV was invented by John Logie Baird, and Wikipedia lists a regiment of others.
Viscount Ridley goes on to argue that public investment in basic science is largely wasted and it should be left to the private sector. I’m not sure I agree with that, but please read the article and let me know what you think.