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The Federation of Science



    WE referred last week to the harassed condition in which many scientific societies find themselves in consequence of the greatly increased cost of publication of papers communicated to them, and other additional expenses involved in the rise in prices. While the incomes remain much the same as they were before the war, the essential expenditure has become so much greater in proportion to them that the outlook is depressing to contemplate. Any increases in subscriptions which would prevent the younger scientific workers from joining learned societies, or cause a number of present members to resign would be detrimental not only to British science, but also to the extension of natural knowledge and to the welfare of mankind. The fields are ripe, and more labourers are now being trained to work in them than ever before, but if advantage is to be taken of the harvest, machinery for carrying it must be provided, and granaries built in which it can be stored. As things are at present, most of the scientific grain is cut by voluntary workers, and they are perplexed because they cannot see how they are tri pay for the construction of a building in which to store it for the benefit of the community.

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