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Progress and the Scientific Worker

Nature volume 130, page 339 (03 September 1932) | Download Citation



WITH the great changes inherent in modern civilisation, a new outlook has become essential. Science, the handmaiden of progress, cannot be divorced from industry, administration, social problems, etc.; and with this point of view in mind, the new series of Progress, which is being published as Progress and the Scientific Worker, aims at giving voice to the new citizenship. Necessarily, therefore, within its covers will be found the joint expressions of the scientific and humanistic outlook. This is made possible since it is the official journal of the Association of Scientific Workers and the British Institute of Social Service. Progress, the first bi-monthly number of which is for July-August 1932, has made a splendid beginning. Sir John Russell contributes an informative article on “The Coming Generation”. He gives an interesting résumé of recent advances in the agricultural sciences. For example, in the harvesting of an acre of wheat, hand work of olden days involved 32 man hours, the early machine 19 man hours, and the modern machine 4 man hours. But the reduction of these man hours by mechanisation has its drawbacks. On one farm in Norfolk, for example, until recently, 40 men were employed, and now, since its ‘mechanisation’ only 4 are employed. One of the greatest problems of to-day, which will inevitably be handed on to the coming generation, is the employment of such displaced men.

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