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Jahrbuch der Naturwissenschaften, 1910–1911 Sechsundzwanzigster Jahrgang

Nature volume 88, page 376 (18 January 1912) | Download Citation



A GENERAL survey of scientific progress becomes increasingly difficult, and more valuable when accomplished, as the number of original contributions becomes more unmanageable. The excellent publication of which we have here the twenty-sixth annual volume represents a serious attempt to cope with an equally serious situation. To compress the 6000 or so papers by which physical science is annually enriched into some forty pages seems a hopeless task, and the manner of its accomplishment necessarily depends upon the individual outlook of the enterprising reviewer. He will almost inevitably emphasise some things which are of little value and neglect some which future developments may show to be of fundamental importance. If, however, he limits himself to such matters as have reached a certain degree of conclu-siveness, if not a conclusion, he will do good work, and can safely leave the unfinished and inconclusive things to his successor.

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