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The Co-Ordination of Research

Nature volume 100, pages 261262 (06 December 1917) | Download Citation



IT is often said in political circles that the way to shelve a subject is to appoint a Royal Commission, upon it. The Commissioners collect a large amount of evidence and present a report, but usually the matter ends with the publication of the Blue Book, and nothing is done to carry the recommendations into effect. The Royal Commission on Scientific Instruction appointed in 1870 is an example of this kind. The whole of the scientific instruction given in the United Kingdom from the elementary schools to the universities, and including the museums and scientific work recognised by Government, is surveyed in the report of this Commission, issued in ten parts from 1871 to 1895; and the nation has suffered incalculable loss by not giving heed to its recommendations.

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