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Progress and Science: Essays in Criticism

Nature volume 110, page 662 (18 November 1922) | Download Citation



THIS volume is almost entirely critical, mainly of the doctrine that science has contributed to a more rapid “progress“ of the human race as a whole, and that we may expect this progress to continue. Much of the criticism is acute and many other writers are cited-Prof. Bury, Mr. G. D. H. Cole, Mr. Tawney, and Miss Follett; but the main attack falls upon Mr. IF. S. Marvin, whose books, “The Living Past “and” The Century of Hope, “are largely quoted in the initial chapter, which gives its title to the whole; he is dismissed in the concluding sentence thus: “It follows that men such as Mr. Marvin are hardly doing us any good, are promoting rather beliefs and hopes which may in the end work an intolerable mischief in the world.”

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