But the space program gave us Velcro and Tang*

We live in an age that admires those brave enough to challenge widely held orthodoxies. (Not those of our own age, of course. Let’s not get carried away.) Here, among other things, David Berlinski dares to suggest (correctly in my view), that most fundamental research exists almost entirely to amuse the few people who find that sort of thing interesting.

(*no, it didn’t)