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Function of the British Association

    Naturevolume 130page337 (1932) | Download Citation



    IN suggesting as one reason for the continued success of the British Association the opportunity it affords, in an age of specialisation, for laymen to have intelligent contact with the seekings and findings of the scientific mind and for science to expound its own broad outlook, Sir Alfred Ewing, whose presidential address is printed in our Supplement this week, is on firm ground. The passing of the arroganee characteristic of an earlier age, the widespread belief that there are in science no longer any rigorous laws but only laws of probability, have made for a spirit which strengthens the sense of brotherhood between the scientific expert and the average man, who in his own way is also commonly a seeker after truth. The disappearance of dogma alone should assist the formation of an alliance which is overdue if we are to carry over into human affairs the methods of science and apply the dispassionate temper of science to the solution of our social, economic, and international difficulties.

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