Trial Balance: The Education of An American

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VII
Men of Science

DURING and after World War II Angus' university work brought him into contact with some of the nation's leading scientists. It was a stimulating experience, and as education more rewarding than any books or courses. He could not understand their work but approached it with the humility of conscious ignorance and sometimes grasped its larger significance; he could sense the high personal quality and character of leaders in physics, chemistry, and medicine, and he was impressed with their attitudes and values. There were some fine examples of the scientific mind in his own faculties at Rochester, and friendship with them enhanced his respect for the potential excellence of human society, if men of such quality and motivations could be produced in far larger numbers and with broader education.

Like a civilian who can brashly talk with a general as a colonel or a sergeant cannot, Angus was able to put elementary questions to the experts, and get better answers than he deserved. Since he had no personal responsibility for the research itself, he

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Preface 7
  • Part 1 - Education By Plan 13
  • I - Tribal Origins 15
  • II - Initiations 34
  • III - The Pursuit of Praise 49
  • IV - Puritan's Progress 75
  • V - Exploration 100
  • VI - The Academic Mind 121
  • VII - Men of Science 144
  • Part 2 - Education By Accident 161
  • VIII - Dollar Diplomacy 163
  • IX - The Oriental Mind 183
  • X - Political Economics 202
  • XI - The Political Mind 218
  • XII - The Social Animal 239
  • XIII - Unity and Diversity 259
  • XIV - Angus Emeritus 280
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