James E. Miller
Another wasteful use of scientific manpower results from the tact that we overload productive scientists with far too many committee, study panel, and advisory commission duties, and with money raising and formal administrative activities.
-- WARREN WEAVER "A Great Age For Science," in Goals for Americans
The investigator may be made to dwell in a garret, he may be forced to live on crusts and wear dilapidated clothes, he may be deprived of social recognition, but if he has time, he can steadfastly devote himself to research. Take away his tree time and he is utterly destroyed as a contributor to knowledge.
-- W. B. CANNO in The Way Of An Investigator
A tremendous increase in the number of vigorous young workers in the scientific vineyard has been one of the happiest results of the recent expansion, encouraged and nourished by our Federal Government, of scientific research in this country. These neophytes, left to their own devices by harassed research directors, have often found themselves without adequate guidance through the intricacies of governmental sponsorship; but, fortunately, they can find inspiration in the story of Sir Isaac Newton, his development of the law of gravitation, and his experiences as director of the Subproject for Apples of the Fruit- Improvement Project, sponsored by His Majesty's Government of Great Britain in cooperation with a syndicate of British fruit-growers.
Few are familiar with the details of Newton's twenty-year search for a proof of his hypothesis: the frustrations and failures, the need for accurate measurements of the earth's radius and for a mathematical tool that Newton himself was forced to invent, and the integration of his scattered efforts by the splendid organization of the Fruit-Improvement Project. These details have been collected from his Principia, personal letters, notebooks and other papers, and a series of personal interviews arranged by a medium of the author's acquaintance.