Venkatesh Narayanamurti is the Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy and the Founding Dean of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Toluwalogo Odumosu is Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.
In this convincingly argued book, Narayanamurti and Odumosu one of them with decades of experience in research management and the other with a deep understanding of science and technology studies explain why the false distinction between basic and applied science has led to profoundly wasteful policy decisions. Their insights also lead to excellent, practical suggestions for change. Cycles of Invention and Discovery is a must-read for research managers, science policymakers, and everyone concerned with the future of innovation.--Ruth Schwartz Cowan, author of A Social History of American Technology