The distinction between basic research and applied research is in a sense artificial. As we gain insight into processes and mechanisms, applications of this knowledge to societal problems follow almost automatically. Similarly, when we are faced with an applied problem it is often because we lack basic information. It is not surprising that research carried out for theoretical reasons turns out to have unanticipated and valuable practical applications. Frequently, research directed toward a specific applied problem uncovers fundamental generalizations that increase our knowledge of basic science.
KeywordsPhysical Stimulus Societal Problem Sensation Magnitude Valuable Practical Application Aviation Safety
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