Basic research is some what like building a large public library. Such libraries often have thousands or hundreds of thousand of books, magazines and journals. Each book took a lot of work to produce and may or may not have any future relevance. But when you add up all this information and make it accessible, it provides a stepping stone for other researchers and students who may be able to derive useful products or ideas or maybe more basic research.
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