Chesley Bonestell, “The Exploration of Mars” (1953), oil on board, 143/8 x 28 inches, gift of William Estler, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Reproduced courtesy of Bonestell LLC.

Beyond the Endless Frontier

Science, the Endless Frontier is the 1945 policy document that articulates the dominant rationale for the US government’s investment in scientific research. The influence of Science, the Endless Frontier on science policy discussions and actions cannot be overstated—continuing with the recently proposed Endless Frontier Act now being debated in Congress. The essays here examine the legacy of Science, the Endless Frontier and evaluate the best path forward for science’s ability to deliver societal benefits.