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Work and Place of Amateurs in Science


IN NATURE of Aug. 18, under the heading of “Biography in American Science”, attention is directed to the scarcity of amateur scientists, that is, to that class of them who have reached some degree of success in research. The word amateur, however, in its common meaning is applied to a large number of persons who are inexperienced and with only a superficial knowledge of the subject. Most of these are entirely different from the amateurs referred to in the article in NATURE, and we need to coin a new word or term to designate the amateur scientists who are experienced in research and have a broad knowledge of the subject.

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WATTS, J. Work and Place of Amateurs in Science. Nature 122, 772–773 (1928).

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