The Planning of Research


    ALTHOUGH the social reactions of science are now widely realised and the dynamic nature of science is also perceived, the idea that society itself is dynamic and not static has yet to be grasped. Once this fundamental conception has been realised by the general populace, effective attempts can be made to utilise the scientific method and outlook to release our social order from many of the disorders which it has incurred. The attention which is to be paid at the forthcoming British Association meeting in Aberdeen to the relations between the advance of science and the life of the community is definite evidence that the idea is gaining ground, and although speakers at that meeting may feel they are ‘preaching to the converted’, the consequent focusing of public opinion on the subject cannot be other than helpful.

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    The Planning of Research. Nature 134, 117–119 (1934).

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