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South-Eastern Union of Scientific Societies

Nature volume 68, page 211 (02 July 1903) | Download Citation



THE eighth annual congress of the South-Eastern Union of Scientific Societies was held at Dover on June 11–13. A lively address by the president, Sir Henry Howorth, F.R.S., put pin pricks into all the infallibilities, begging the student to accept no predominant hypothesis without demur, to resist the fascination of great names, to challenge the exactness even of the exact sciences. Fallacies might often lurk in phrases, as when “the survival of the fittest” was glibly used to mean nothing more than the survival of the survivors. The address impressed its hearers with the advantage which every branch of science mignt derive from the touch of a keen and active critical faculty, working outside the ranks of the specialists.

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