Science needs improved technology to provide instrumentation to gather data from which insights can be made to advance science. Technology, by the same token, requires advances in science before technological improvements can be scored. If this sounds like one is trying to lift oneself with one’s bootstraps, consider the events leading to the coating of the Palomar telescope mirror. To do this, we must briefly review the career of John Donovan Strong (b. January 15, 1905).
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