The need to understand how the universe works is fundamental to human nature. It is also essential for safely managing the human future; but foolishly, we have designed a society based on science and technology in which hardly anyone understands science and technology. This is a clear prescription for disaster.
Our future depends on producing and encouraging highly competent, ethically responsible young scientists, as well as a much greater scientific literacy in the general public.
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois, is dedicated to meeting this challenge...
It is a gift from the people of Illinois to the human future.
Dr. Carl Sagan, 1988
Professor, Laboratory for Planetary Studies
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy National Advisory Board
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, "Commencement of the Charter Class Program" (1989). Documents. 1.