Lewis’s advice seems eerily applicable to our own situation, just substitute “pandemic” for “war.”
The importance of metals, particularly iron, and the importance of the discovery of metallurgy can hardly be exaggerated.
More and more, the scientific establishment looks like a special interest group with biases of their own.
Remember the admonition of C.S. Lewis: “If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun.”
Dyson was careful to take an open-minded approach: not fully endorsing design, yet not rejecting it either.