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Hard Sciences in Terminal Decline?

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Science  19 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5567, pp. 453
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5567.453b

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LONDON-- This week a high-profile government report calls for urgent action to stem a sharp decline in enrollment in physics, engineering, and chemistry courses at British universities. The decline is rippling through the whole supply chain of scientists: Schools cite a dearth of physics teachers, while universities and companies complain of a lack of physical science talent at all experience levels.