Popular Biological Misconceptions


THE object of science is to increase the knowledge of mankind in general, and not merely that of the workers in science. The methods of science may be only understood by the workers in each particular branch, but the conclusions are for all, and should be made accessible to all. The methods by which Newton established the law of gravitation can only be understood by good mathematicians, but the results can be put into words that can be understood by any educated man. I think most will agree that students of science should, so far as possible, make known their discoveries in such a way as to be understood by the layman.


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C., C. Popular Biological Misconceptions. Nature 83, 521 (1910). https://doi.org/10.1038/083521b0

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