Science and Social Change

Science and Social Change

Science and Social Change

Science and Social Change

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Progress toward higher standards of living depends upon the combined influences of the following factors: natural and human resources; scientific discoveries; inventions; engineering applications; business organization and management; the economic system; and the governmental system. Scientists, inventors, engineers, business managers, and professional students of economics and government are thus cooperating in a common objective--that of increasing the capacity of mankind to satisfy their wants.

This conception of cooperative development underlies the organization of the materials presented in this volume. The readings are arranged in such a way as to reveal the interrelations of natural science, inventions, engineering, economics, and government, as well as to show some of the significant concepts with respect to each field. It is believed that a carefully selected volume of readings drawn from eminent writers in various fields of knowledge may contribute more effectively to an understanding of the interactions between science and society than could the interpretation of any single scholar, whose range of competency is necessarily limited.

The Brookings Institution is making this book of readings available because of its interest in broadening the scope of thinking among both social and natural scientists. The author, who is associate professor of English in the College of Engineering of the University of Michigan, has compiled these readings while acting as a special fellow of the Institution. The collaborating committee has consisted of Arthur C. Millspaugh and myself. Our great indebtedness is herewith expressed to the publishers and authors who have kindly granted permission to use their materials.

HAROLD G. MOULTON
President

The Brookings Institution
August 1939 . . .

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