Progressive Physics

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    Abstract

    THE conception of segregation and integration put forward by Herbert Spencer in his “First Principles” seems to be illustrated by changes in the character of the correspondence columns of NATURE in recent years. During the War, and even before, few communications to these columns were published from scientific workers outside Great Britain the process of segregation tended to collect them around separate geographical centres. Since then, however, the international outlook of science has begun to reassert itself, and investigators everywhere desire to make their methods or results as widely known as possible. Early publication serves a useful purpose, not only as a preliminary announcement of work to be described more fully later in a special journal or before a scientific society, but may also save other investigators from devoting time to a piece of research work which is being carried on elsewhere.

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