The Sciences and the Arts: A New Alliance

The Sciences and the Arts: A New Alliance

The Sciences and the Arts: A New Alliance

The Sciences and the Arts: A New Alliance

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In one variation of the Yale Arms, two elm trees interlace their branches behind a shield bearing the motto of the university. Symbolically, these interlaced trees could represent the living Arts and Sciences, flourishing under the shield of an Institution devoted to Light and Truth. To me that device represents the theme of this book.

This book is a personal testimony. It bears my answers to questions which became pressing when I undertook to construct a course in physical science for Yale College students who would not become scientists, but would enter other professions: government, law, business. In other words, for students "in the humanities." These questions clustered around the central one: Why should these people be required to study "science"? Does it provide something that they need which cannot be obtained in some other way? In what way (if at all) is it true that not to understand science today is to be culturally illiterate?

I have tested my answers to these questions by trying them out over the nation in lectures to, and discussions with, the most diverse kinds of audiences, from high school students to professional chemists, and I have found an answering concern in all parts of the country.

This has kept me at the heavy task of writing. It has been superimposed upon full-time teaching and research, and would hardly have been possible had I not received from the Fund for the Advancement of Education a Faculty Fellowship, which en-

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