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The Mind of the Century

Nature volume 63, page 513 (28 March 1901) | Download Citation



THE essays in this volume are characteristic aspects of progress during the nineteenth century, seen from sixteen different points of view; they originally appeared in the Daily Chronicle, and it may perhaps be doubted whether any useful purpose is served by reprinting them. A glance at the lines of intellectual development may be sufficient for a daily newspaper, but it is scarcely accurate to describe a very general view as a representation of “The Mind of the Century.” It will be sufficient to say that Prof. Tilden's article on chemistry occupies five pages, and he would probably be the first to disclaim any desire to have it regarded as more than a very slight sketch of a few lines of progress. Dr. H. J. Campbell writes on medicine, Mr. Edward Clodd on natural science (in which he includes astronomy), and Mr. W. A. Price on applied science, the whole of the articles on scientific subjects occupying thirty-three pages. To what extent the minds of men of science—both pure and applied—can be faithfully reflected within these limits we leave our readers to judge. The book has no index.

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