News | Published:

Function of the British Association

Nature volume 130, page 337 (03 September 1932) | Download Citation

Subjects

Abstract

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.

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/130337a0

Authors

    Comments

    By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.

    Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing