Although the example given were people on the periphery of science not understanding maths (i.e. if you are a Physicist you still understand maths, but perhaps not if you are a Psychologist). I agree with UV about the money, but from a slightly different angle. Research is measured on papers being published, and that is how someone gains tenure etc. We seem to have lost having intelligent people who are just paid to THINK, and come up with good ideas, and take the risk that sometimes they won't (and it won't get published). QuoteWe have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or to describe how you had the wrong idea first, and so on. So there isn't any place to publish, in a dignified manner, what you actually did in order to get to do the work. R P Feynman, Nobel LectureIn fact Feynman addresses much of these in his Cargo Cult science. It is not a new problem.