Stephen Quake is back doing a guest post at Olivia Judson's blog, this time focusing on the "artificial divisions" between pure and applied research. Over the years, he says, there have been many examples of researchers, from Archimedes and Lord Kelvin no less, who made both fundamental scientific discoveries and applied ones.

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