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The Anatomy of Science

Nature volume 119, pages 228229 (12 February 1927) | Download Citation



“AS the artist, after painstaking effort, steps llhack from his easel to view his picture as a whole, so it may not be unprofitable for the scientist to forsake from time to time his own specialty and survey the general trend of science.” So writes the author of this volume of Silliman lectures. Not only is such action not unprofitable, but also it is of the highest importance that leading men of science who, like Prof. G. N. Lewis, possess in such high degree wide scientific knowledge, clear philosophic insight, and the power of lucid and interesting expression, should from time to time examine the existing state of science and the directions along which our knowledge of the universe is advancing. The author's purpose in this volume is to present “a kind of contemporaneous cross section showing the inner structure of science, “and the book is addressed to those” who are interested not so much in the products of science as in its methods.“By all such, these lectures will be given a hearty welcome.

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