The Advancing Front of Science

The Advancing Front of Science

The Advancing Front of Science

The Advancing Front of Science

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In a preceding book I undertook to outline the new world picture of modern physics, and to present briefly the sequence of discoveries and of guiding theories by which the new concepts were arrived at. The present book is an attempt to report news rather than to summarize history. It is an account of certain current advances in representative fields of science, of things lately turned up in the skies, in the atoms and molecules," in the living matter of cells and tissues--findings and intimations which are providing the basis for further advances, for reinterpretations, for the new world view of tomorrow. Obviously the experiments and discoveries herein described are only samplings of a vast teamwork in which men of many nations are cooperatively engaged. These chapters are largely concerned with activities in the United States, and particularly with the work of investigators whom I have had opportunity to consult. It would take many books to cover the field in any one of the specialties touched on. But perhaps the samplings can do for the general reader what complete technical treatises do not: convey something of the spirit, the purpose, the ingenious methods, and the accomplishments which make the research laboratory the most romantic spot on the Earth at the present time--and perhaps the most significant. For it is here that the future comes.

Pascal, in one of his pensées, has chided those authors who talk of "my book," advising that they would do . . .

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