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March 12th, 2007

Relighting the fire for science

Europe's place in the new economy should be secure. With manufacturing and services sucked into the Far East by Adam Smith's invisible vacuum cleaner, we can look to our tradition as the home of the oldest, most revolutionary strands of scientific and technical thought. Of the 19 SI physical units that describe the universe, 18 are named after Europeans — the nineteenth, after a first-generation Scottish American. Basic discovery, creativity and invention are woven into our genes.


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