Basic Science Research Funding

Posted on June 4, 2006  Comments (5)

Excellent summary from the European Union.

National Basic Research Program of China

America’s economy is losing its competitive edge and Washington hasn’t noticed by Benjamin Wallace-Wells

For decades, the United States ranked first in the world in the percentage of its GDP devoted to scientific research; now, we’ve dropped behind Japan, Korea, Israel, Sweden, and Finland. The number of scientific papers published by Americans peaked in 1992 and has fallen 10 percent; a decade ago, the United States led the world in scientific publications, but now it trails Europe. For two centuries, a higher proportion of Americans had gone to university than have citizens of any other country; now several nations in Asia and Europe have caught up.

The Emergence of China as a Leading Nation in Science by Ping Zhoua and Loet Leydesdorff:

China has become the fifth leading nation in terms of its share of the world’s scientific publications. The citation rate of papers with a Chinese address for the corresponding author also exhibits exponential growth.


5 Responses to “Basic Science Research Funding”

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    June 23rd, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

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    August 19th, 2006 @ 9:42 am

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    December 6th, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

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