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Scientific Aspects of the Unemployment Problem

Nature volume 128, pages 281283 (22 August 1931) | Download Citation



EVEN more perhaps than Dr. Miall's “History of Chemical Chemistry”, the programme of the recent jubilee meetings of the Society of Chemical Industry illustrates the remarkable extent to which, during the last fifty years, the science of chemistry has penetrated and transformed almost every section of industry, if not indeed of the public services. Examples are to be found in the scientific papers presented at the meetings, which covered not only chemical industry generally and such special sections of it as the dyestuff industry, but also a discussion on fuel subjects which embraced questions of fundamental importance to society in general as well to industry. Striking evidence of the widespread impact of science upon industry is to be found in the technical visits paid by members of the Society. These covered such diverse industries as wallpaper manufacture, the research laboratories of the General Electric Co., Ltd.—which provide an outstanding example of an industry created and continually expanded by the application of scientific research—dry cleaning, fine chemicals and drugs, gas, coke and tar, brewing, agriculture, foodstuffs, fuel research, the protection of metals against corrosion while visits to the National Physical Laboratory and the Chemical Research Laboratory demonstrated the vital importance of scientific research in national life.

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