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The Birth of the Future

Nature volume 134, pages 195198 (11 August 1934) | Download Citation



MR. RITCHIE CALDER, in this work, tells us of a pilgrimage he has undertaken “into those strange places where the world of the future is being born—the scientific laboratories of to-day”. We wonder ! At least, we doubt the “being born”. To some of us, it seems more likely that our world is very old and maybe running down: science, indeed, is seemingly but a new ribbon road leading us to still faster destruction, with new buildings arising on either side which more and more obscure natural beauty: in large measure, it is a ‘wash-out’: scarcely anywhere can an economic crop be grown without fertilisers; few have yet considered what the political con sequences of this state may be.

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