The British Association and a Centenary Fund


    The greater part of the Bristol meeting of the British Association was favoured by fine weather, of which full advantage was taken by all the sections. Owing to the easy access of many points of special interest, these purely sectional excursions were more fully organised than is usually the case. The Norman Lockyer Observatory at Sidmouth was visited by a party of physicists and astronomers, while Wookey Hole and the Mendips attracted geographers, zoologists, geologists, and anthropologists. The Forest of Dean was included with other excursions by botanists. In the sections themselves, apart from the presidential address, physicists listened with great interest to a summary of the present state of the theory of cohesion by Prof. Lennard-Jones, who showed that through the new mechanics a most promising theory is at last in the process of development. The subject of the present position of the British dyestuff industry provoked an important discussion in Section B, to which many well-known academic and industrial chemists contributed. The memorial lecture to Dr. Beddoe by Sir Arthur Keith emphasised the important anthropological work which has been and is still being done in Bristol, which Sir Arthur pleaded should be recognised by the foundation of a chair in that subject in the University. Airships, both British and German, naturally attracted engineers in Section G; while members had an opportunity of seeing the gyroplane in action at the new Bristol airport. The largest available theatre was filled for a joint discussion between geology, geography, and anthropology, on the relation between past pluvial and glacial periods, under the chairmanship of Prof. Fleure.

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    The British Association and a Centenary Fund. Nature 126, 409 (1930).

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