James Le Fanu, a physician by trade, suggests in a Prospect magazine editorial that "for science this is both the best and the worst of times." It is the "best," he says, because "its research institutions have never been so impressive, its funding never more lavish." But the "worst," he adds, because the scientific achievements "of the recent past have been rather disappointing," when compared with those from the beginning of the 20th century.

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