On Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:52:08 -0800 (PST), Nyrath
Post by Nyrath
I was sure the quote was in Clarke's novel "Earthlight" but it does not seem to be there. It might be in one of his science essays.
The gist was that astronomical observations made by scientists and other recorded data would (in the long run) be worth far more than anything worth money. Scientific data was part of the priceless heritage of mankind.
Does this sound familiar?
There is this one:
"The creation of wealth is certainly not to be despised, but in the
long run the only human activities really worthwhile are the search
for knowledge, and the creation of beauty. This is beyond argument,
the only point of debate is which comes first."