Contemporary Thought of Italy

Contemporary Thought of Italy

Contemporary Thought of Italy

Contemporary Thought of Italy

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What is the contribution of present-day Italy to contemporary thought? The contribution is undoubtedly great. The writer was present last year at the reopening of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, and will never forget the great inward thrill experienced when at a certain moment the massed bands started playing the music of Verdi's great chorus, "Va', pensiero su l'ali dorate!" which Marconi's and Righi's scientific genius was spreading not merely throughout the United Kingdom and the British Empire, but to the four corners of the world. How many at that moment in that big audience were aware that, though all humanity on land and sea has benefited by the discoveries of Marconi and Righi, yet no political community has derived more benefit from them than the British Commonwealth of Nations, which is thereby helped to overcome huge natural obstacles to greater political and economic unity? And yet Marconi and Righi are only two of the many outstanding men of scientific genius -- Enriques, Peano, Pieri, Padoa, Burali-Forti, Pastore -- all alive in Italy to-day and enjoying world-wide fame in . . .

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