The Anatomy of Science

The Anatomy of Science

The Anatomy of Science

The Anatomy of Science

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It may be the ineradicable impulse of every living species to people the earth that has driven mankind into the present great industrial movement, whereby quantity-production is providing subsistence to an ever increasing population. Whatever the propulsive force may be, it has led us gradually and unsuspectingly into a state of socialization which in many respects has gone far beyond the demands of the professional socialist.

The slogan of this movement has been "Efficiency through specialization," and specialists we have all become. The mechanic who spends his days turning out little parts for some larger whole, that he may never have seen, has his counterpart in the scholar whose life is spent in the minute exploration of some small section of human culture, or in the repeated application of some one laboratory method. Strange though it be, even philosophy has been given over to professionals, and all about this large domain we find the signs, "No trespassing."

The conspicuous part played by science in this whole movement has been fully recognized. The public, incurious as to the spirit and methods of science, has nevertheless acclaimed its . . .

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