Originally posted by twhitehead
I don't buy it. Is there any actual evidence that spending on science increases during war time or that more scientist work or that they work harder during war time?
Sure a lot of science has been done during war time, but is there any good reason to believe it is quantitatively more than a similar period in peace time?
What do you think the Apollo mission was? Do you think Kennedy just put it out there because he was actually interested in science? I think that cost 25 billion in 60's money. Not that I am bitching about it, since I was on the Apollo team. It was the direct result of the cold war, beat the Soviets at something in space since they beat us to the punch with satellites.
Don't know if you were around ATT but it ended with a thud the moment we proved better than the Soviets at going to the moon.
Nixon saw to that.
Also, the Manhattan project was a direct result of war.
All the warcraft machines, like bombers and such, would there have been such a beast if it hadn't been for war?
And one we take for granted, Radar. That was directly a result of war, invented in Britain and improved in the US when my former company's founders, Ray and Russell Varian, invented the high power microwave transmitter tube called the Klystron, they invented that in their garage early on and it became a huge part of the war effort.
Microwave antenna's developed because of wartime research.
Pistols were invented specifically with war in mind. The original first pistol useful in battlefield conditions was invented by Leonardo Da Vinci, called the Wheellock. He designed it and the design was stolen by his helper and developed in Germany in the 1500's and in fact was the first pistol to be used in a war time assassination which started a war in France. The first assassination by pistol was the shooting of Duke Guise, not sure if I spelled that one right, but it started a war in that lasted for years. Here is a link to that pistol. They didn't know in this article the originator was Leonardo Da Vinci.