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Social and Industrial Aspects of Scientific Research

Nature volume 135, pages 211212 (09 February 1935) | Download Citation



IT is difficult to imagine a document which better illustrates alike those social aspects of scientific research to which attention has been repeatedly directed in recent months, at the British Association meetings or elsewhere, and the way in which the direction of scientific research is itself determined by the needs of the community, than the nineteenth annual report of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research which was issued on February 2. This report covers the period October 1, 1933, to September 30, 1934, and contains the brief report of the Privy Council Committee, signed by Mr. Stanley Baldwin, the longer report of the Advisory Council over Lord Rutherford's signature, and summaries of the work of the National Physical Laboratory, the Chemical Research Laboratory, the various research associations and research boards. Certain of the latter issue their own independent reports, but no one document issued by the Department gives such a comprehensive and lucid account of the way in which the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research serves our national life, whether in departments of State, industry or the social needs of a civilised community.

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