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Nature volume 127, page 365 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



IT is greatly to be hoped that science teachers will respond generously to Dr. Barker's efforts to miti gate the ill-effects of specialisation in science. The subdivision of natural science into several branches, while unavoidable in consequence of the extension of scientific knowledge, is unfortunate. The teacher should endeavour to treat science as a unit so far as possible, that his pupils? knowledge may be built on the broadest possible foundations. But when it comes to the study of crystalline matter, he is chary of handling a subject he has never been taught. Dr. Barker's book should assist him greatly, indicating how a study of crystals may readily be incorporated into the usual courses in chemistry and physics. Moreover, benefit will be felt in the teaching of solubility and other phaserule relations, heat and light, and the concept of isomorphism and polymorphism and the like.

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