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Latin American Science

The Oct. 30, 1989, issue of The Scientist contained a report in the University Briefs section [page 6] about the creation of a Western Hemisphere sister institute to the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. We at Fermilab have had a similar program of cooperation with developing nations of Latin America. However, we put major stress on experimental science and technology, with the thought that collaboration here would be more relevant to the needs of development. Our

Leon Lederman

The Oct. 30, 1989, issue of The Scientist contained a report in the University Briefs section [page 6] about the creation of a Western Hemisphere sister institute to the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. We at Fermilab have had a similar program of cooperation with developing nations of Latin America. However, we put major stress on experimental science and technology, with the thought that collaboration here would be more relevant to the needs of development. Our motivation was to advance world science and especially physics, in which human resources are still the most important ingredient.

The attention that we feel should be given to helping science in underdeveloped nations is due in part to the financial difficulties of most of these countries and in part to recognition that a strong scientific infrastructure is a necessity for a country’s technologic advancement, which in turn is the basis for...

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