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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

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