While attending two conferences in the U.S., I read your interview with presidential science adviser Allan Bromley [The Scientist, July 23, 1990, page 1].

I wonder if Bromley makes a distinction between teaching and research at universities the way German politicians do. Research at German universities is "teaching- research" and an important part of study. However, universities should teach mainly creativity and less book knowledge. Knowledge could be learned from books, too, but creativity and research can only be brought together by a successful scientist.

It is good that Bromley "urges more consideration for individual researchers." I hope he can successfully propagate his thesis.

University of Marburg

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