THE British Association is about to issue the preliminary programme of its annual meeting, which will be held in Southampton on August 26-September 2 inclusive under the presidency of Dr. Horace Lamb, lately professor of mathematics in the University of Manchester. Southampton, which the Association has not visited since 1882, is one of the most interesting centres in the south of England for a meeting of this- kind. Its University College will house several sections of the Association, and affords an example of a great educational institution in the making. The town itself is a focal point of overseas communications, arid with this feature and the railway centenary of the present year in view, the programme gives special attention to various aspects of transport. This will form the subject of two days' discussion in the sections of economics and engineering jointly, while Sir Archibald Denny, as president of the engineering section, will give an address upon fifty years' evolution in naval architecture and marine engineering, and an evening lecture will be given by Mr. R. V. Southwell on aeronautical problems of the past and of the future.