Volume 88 Issue 10 | p. 4 | Letters
Issue Date: March 8, 2010

Fostering Innovation

Department: Letters

When discussing how to effect innovation, talking about institutions where innovation is fostered or created is part of the story but not the most important part (C&EN, Dec. 7, 2009, page 3). Using the paradigm of a seed growing into a plant, institutions are the environment, but they aren't the potential contained within the seed. The environment is important, because the seed can't grow on a sidewalk, grows poorly and with lower rates . . .

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