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The New York Times > Science > U.S. Is Losing Its Dominance in the Sciences

The New York Times > Science > U.S. Is Losing Its Dominance in the Sciences


The dominance in the sciences have been traveling from Greece to Roman, then to the Middle East, and then China, before returning to Russia, then France, then Germany, then United Kingdom, before finally the United States picked up the slack after the Cold War.

Not that it wanted to. I mean, my cynicism aside, Americans have always been behind in the sciences. What they're good at, of course, is the entrepreneurial spritis. When you think about it, the internal combustion engine wasn't invented in the United States, but Henry Ford was the one man who made good measure of it and mass produced it. Now it is the lifeblood of the American Spirit, it symbolizes mobility, restlessness, the love of national forgetfulness (did anybody get that reference?).

For all that Asia or Europe have invented, Americans are usually the one who see the potentials in it.

The unfortunate thing would be if all the entreprenurial spirit was jettisoned out into foreign countries, where they're more ruthless with greed than we are.

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