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NSF Magnet Lab

In Jeffrey Mervis's story "Huge NSF Magnet Grant Will Test FSU's Mettle" [The Scientist, Oct. 1, 1990, page 3], little or no coverage is given to the majority views of the three committees of users and related scientists whose decisions went against the Florida State University grant and in favor of the original site. In particular, the story is almost devoid of comment on what should have been the primary consideration, which is: Which proposal will be best for science and technology in the Un

Philip Anderson
In Jeffrey Mervis's story "Huge NSF Magnet Grant Will Test FSU's Mettle" [The Scientist, Oct. 1, 1990, page 3], little or no coverage is given to the majority views of the three committees of users and related scientists whose decisions went against the Florida State University grant and in favor of the original site. In particular, the story is almost devoid of comment on what should have been the primary consideration, which is: Which proposal will be best for science and technology in the United States? The grant as made will:

* Interrupt the highest magnetic field user research in this country for four to five years, just at a time when several very important scientific and technical problems need to be solved--that is, high Tc superconductor studies under high fields. It is proposed that users go to France or Japan!

* Purchase foreign-made magnets in preference to developing...

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