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By prospect   March 2008

Britain’s scientists are mad as hell

Prospect readers will know from Stephen Eales’s article in January that the funding of physics and astronomy in Britain is in a mess, writes Andrew King. But how can this be when most agree the government has done well by science, with funding at historically high levels and Britain’s international reputation largely restored?

The root of the trouble was the forced marriage last year of two research councils—one responsible for funding “blue-skies” research in universities, the other for administering big government laboratories—to form the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Since it is easier…

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