Scientific Freedom: The Elixir of Civilization
Chapter 1. The Damocles Zone.
Chapter 2. Scientific Freedom and Transformative research.
Chapter 3. Mismanagement by Objectives: The Need for Fresh Approaches.
Chapter 4. Searching for Planck's Successors.
Chapter 5. Universities for the Twenty-First century: the Case for a Fifth Revolution.
Chapter 6. Venture (or Transformative) Research: How IT Works in Practice.
Chapter 7. The Venture Research Harvest.
Donald W. Braben, PhD, is founder and Chief Executive of Venture Research International Ltd., and Visiting Professor at University College London. Dr. Braben spent sixteen years in nuclear structure and high-energy physics research and also held positions at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, the Science Research Council in London, and the Bank of England. He is also the author of Pioneering Research: A Risk Worth Taking (Wiley) and To Be a Scientist.
"Braben does an excellent job of highlighting the need to reassess the selection criteria used to decide what scientific projects receive funding. The arguments provided throughout the volume's seven chapters are compelling, and although the book discusses issues in various scientific disciplines in some detail, it is accessible even to those who lack expertise in a given field. This volume is highly recommended for anyone with a general interest in the history of science or the current state of scientific research." (Quarterly Review of Biology, December 2008)
"Braben’s bold thinking examines a problem that for too long has been largely ignored and gives a timely warning." (Chemistry World, September 2008)
"Scientific Freedom is a timely, eye-opening book on the current state of scientific research." (SirReadaLot.org, February 22, 2008