Science and Intellectual Liberty

    Abstract

    IT may well be that Prof. Woltereck's restrained and courteous letter will produce upon his colleagues in Great Britain a more painful sense of alienation than the disturbing utterances of those who now control German academic life. We English do not need to be reminded that political excitement often betrays wise and good men into strange company. We are the last people in the world to deny that, in times of panic or excitement, we have said and done things which in retrospect are recognised by us to be wrong and humiliating. But what seems to men of science most deplorable is the elevation of national passion into a principle, the acceptance of a policy which teaches that to attempt to find and hold truth is but a secondary and subordinate activity of the human mind to be postponed or slighted for any reason whatever.—Editor of NATURE.

    Rights and permissions

    Reprints and Permissions

    About this article

    Cite this article

    Science and Intellectual Liberty. Nature 134, 28 (1934). https://doi.org/10.1038/134028a0

    Download citation

    Further reading

    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.