Progress of Industrial Research

    Abstract

    IN a recent address Dr. F. A. Freeth made an eloquent protest against the habit in Great Britain of always classifying science as something apart from ordinary life. It would be difficult to imagine a document better fitted to demonstrate the essential place of science in our ordinary everyday life, or to inspire a general confidence in scientific workers and science by the public, than the eighteenth annual report of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. Published within a couple of days of Dr. Freeth's address, the report describes contributions made by the work of the Department to every major need of our social and industrial life. The comparatively smaU sum of £654,736 (gross) or £451,987 (net), which represents the expenditure of this Department for the year ending March 31,1933, represents also a contribution to the efficiency of every department of State and to the recovery or the prosperity of many industries, the true value of which it is impossible to assess in cash, but which repeatedly has earned dividends many hundredfold on the expenditure involved.

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