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Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, 1924

Nature volume 113, pages 791792 (31 May 1924) | Download Citation



THE late Mr. Glutton Brock claimed with eloquent and reasoned insistence that, for its perfection, man?s intellectual development needs to be duly tinged with aesthetics, the love of beauty for its own sake, as well as with philosophy, the science of conduct, on an equal footing with the love of truth; and his doctrine is supported by other apostles of the new Trinity of truth, goodness, and beauty. Assuming that a modicum of philosophy is the common heritage of them all, we may agree that the denizens of Burlington House have need of one another, and that the student of science is an imperfect creature unless he has a love of beauty for its own sake, which it is the first duty of the Royal Academy to expound and encourage. It is, indeed, not difficult to agree. Scientific discoveries differentiate themselves in ways other than the mere sum and substance of the improvement of natural knowledge. Some expositions of discovery are really beautiful, others are really not.

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