Why science (or design) is not in our culture. IMO we're a nation of commodity traders and opportunistic brokers, whose only interest in science is if its product can be brokered and sold for a margin (and whose business will be upended by technology, but that is a different story). Since moneys - and opportunities that come with it - have always been in the hands of the trader, science and development have suffered. FWIW, I loved/ love tinkering with machines all my life, and Mr. Naipaul, I do go through an airport marvelling at how it works. All, hopefully, is not yet lost.