Foreign Scientific Literature


PROF. GARDINER in NATURE of May 19, p. 359, writes of the difficulty of obtaining Continental publications, whilst the complaint from Central Europe is all about the difficulty of getting English scientific literature. Perhaps something can be done by exchange. There are probably readers of Die Naturwissenschaften and of the Elektrotechnische Zeitschrift willing and eager to exchange with NATURE and the Electrician. Second-hand books with pages cut and owners' names inscribed would probably follow the analogy of worn clothes and be exempt from the interest of Customs officials. A year ago the Swiss bookshops in Berne seemed to carry a heavy stock of recent German scientific literature. Travellers returning from the Alps may wish to inspect these. For exchange of transactions of learned societies the mediation of the Anglo-American Library (hon. secretary, Mr. B. M. Headicar, School of Economics, Clare Street, London, W.C.2) might be invoked.

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RICHARDSON, H. Foreign Scientific Literature. Nature 107, 458 (1921).

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