Science and Social Needs

Science and Social Needs

Science and Social Needs

Science and Social Needs

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Reading through the proofs of this little book, which attempts to give some connected picture of my "tour of British Science," I realized afresh how small a fraction of the whole I had really been able to see, still less to write about--and yet at the same time was surprised how much ground, both physical and intellectual, I had really managed to cover in those crowded weeks. Clive was surprised at his own moderation: I became surprised at my own activities!

During that time I came to realize the vast amount of scientific knowledge and practical wisdom diffused through this country, of which up till then I had been at best dimly aware; and to feel my own ignorance and limitations very acutely. I became more than ever impressed with the fact that both our existing structure of civilization and our hope of progress are based on science, and that the lack of appreciation and understanding of science among business men, financiers, educational authorities, politicians, and administrators was a serious feature in our present situation.

Almost equally serious, however, is the absence of a broad scientific outlook on life, too often to be noted in the scientific specialist as well as in the layman. For if I may repeat here what will be found stressed . . .

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