Bidding for Research Funds

  • Martin J. Beckmann


Pure basic research produces nothing of value, that is of money value. Rather its product is a pure public good, not marketable, but freely available to any interested party. That at any rate is demanded by the “ethos of science”.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin J. Beckmann
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  1. 1.Technische Universität MünchenGermany

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