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A Scientific Approach to Peace


    A GROWING volume of uneasiness is evident among men of science as to their responsibilities regarding association with preparations for war. Many scientific workers are conscious of their duties to mankind as a whole as well as their responsibilities to their own nation, and the virulence of economic nationalism in some parts of the world has tended to accentuate their sense of the wider responsibilities; but so far there has been no well-defined professional attitude on the question. The suggestion put before the Technical Committee of the Disarmament Conference that the chemists of the world should include in their code of ethics an undertaking not to work knowingly on the development and production of any prohibited method of warfare, and to expose publicly anyone who was detected in such work, might indeed make secret preparations impossible and render a nation unable to use prohibited methods, because its chemists refused to be associated with the work, but it is chiefly a significant pointer of the growth of scientific opinion on this matter. The matter was also raised at the meeting last summer in Brussels of the Inter national Council of Scientific Unions (see NATURE, July 21, p. 89).

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