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50 Years of Ocean Discovery: National Science Foundation 1950—2000
inevitable result of going from adventure to public service. We enter the prediction arena at a high price; our failures (and there have been many) will now be publicly vented. My plea to NSF for the next 50 years is to support a few "curiosities" and other high-risk ventures and to retain a tolerance for failure.
I thank L. Armi, M. Hendershott, R. Knox, J. Layton, P. Niiler, J. Reid, and C. Wunsch for discussions, but the (very limited) selection of achievements reported here is entirely mine.