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The Organisation of Scientific Research1

Nature volume 96, pages 692696 (17 February 1916) | Download Citation



AMONGST the indirect results of this appalling war, we may hope that there will be some increased appreciation in the minds of the politicians who govern us of the enormous influence of scientific research and discovery, even in its most abstruse forms, on the prosperity and safety of the Empire. We have had brought home to us that this war is a war quite as much of chemists and engineers as of soldiers and sailors. Hence, from the point of view of national security alone, we must take steps to foster scientific investigation. We shall probably never succeed in convincing the unthoughtful multitude of the manner in which the highest scientific researches affect human life, in innumerable ways, but it will be sufficient if that fact is brought home to the consciousness of those who have political position and power, and if we can impress upon them that theirs will be the responsibility if they neglect to encourage it.

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