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A Laboratory for Physical and Chemical Research

Nature volume 50, pages 217218 | Download Citation



IT is now about twenty years since the Duke of Devonshire's Commission pointed out that the needs of chemical and physical investigators, upon whose work our national industries so largely depend, were entirely neglected by the Government. Money has been freely lavished that artists may have all they require; biology and archæology have been well equipped, and students of literature have been provided with the finest library in the world; but such is the chaos and disorganisation of our scientific system that many industries are languishing, and some have already left the country because those who are able to foster them by making new discoveries find absolutely no help, and have neither places to work in nor instruments to use, although the sum which the Government has not hesitated to give for one picture would have been more than is needed to correct a condition which is really disastrous from the national point of view.

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