Science and Intellectual Liberty


    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.

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    Science and Intellectual Liberty. Nature 134, 28 (1934).

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