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Defects and Remedies

Nature volume 96, pages 643644 (10 February 1916) | Download Citation



WHEN, thirteen years ago, Sir Norman Lockyer delivered before the British Association his address on “The Influence of Brain Power on History,” it is not too much to say that his statement of the need for the promotion of intimate relations between statecraft, industry, science, and education fell mostly on inattentive ears. The lessons in modern history taught by that address were unmistakable, and the statement of consequences of continued neglect of scientific factors of national progress was prophetic, yet little heed was given to these subjects until the outbreak of hostilities revealed the weakness of our industrial position in comparison with the powerful and highly-organised forces fighting against us. War has caused an awakening which the pleasant times of peace failed to bring about; and our newspapers and magazines —general and technical, trading and scientific—are now giving attention to the subject and are publishing articles by men of science, manufacturers, and others on the provision to be made to ensure that close co-operation between scientific research and industrial development which is essential to the advance of a civilised community.

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