The University Series: Highlights of Modern Knowledge


THE different aspects of the task which faces a reviewer of scientific works may be grouped roughly under three heads. He should tell his readers in some detail the topics dealt with in the work under review; he should explain something of its scope; and he should attempt, with becoming modesty, to assess the value of the contribution made by the author to the spread or to the advancement of knowledge. Exigencies of space warrant some modification of this process when one is attempting an omnibus review. It is impossible, for example, to analyse separately the contents of twelve volumes, and the titles must be taken as indicating sufficiently clearly the topics dealt with.

The University Series: Highlights of Modern Knowledge

(1) The Coming and Evolution of Life: how Living Things have come to be as they are. By Prof. Henry E. Crampton. Pp. vi+ 103. (2) Heredity and Variation: Continuity and Change in the Living World. By Prof. L. C. Dunn. Pp. vi + 120. (3) The Coming of Man: Pre-Man and Prehistoric Man. By Dr. George Grant MacCurdy. Pp. x + 157. (4) The Races of Man: Differentiation and Dispersal of Man. By Prof. Robert Bennett Bean. Pp. vi + 134. (5) The Animal World: Animal Life of our Earth. By Prof. James George Needham. Pp. vi + 122. (6) The Smallest Living Things: Life as revealed by the Microscope. By Prof. Gary N. Calkins. Pp. viii + 135. (7) The Earth: our Ever-Changing Planet. By Dr. Chester A. Reeds. Pp. vi + 120. (8) Fossils: what they teU us of Plants and Animals of the Past. By Prof. Richard Swann Lull. Pp. viii + 114. (9) The Plant World: Plant Life of pur Earth. By Dr. C. Stuart Gager. Pp. viii + 136. (10) Energy and Matter: Building Blocks of the Universe. By Prof. Charles B. Bazzoni. Pp. x + 137. (11) Space, Time, and Relativity: the Einstein Universe. By Prof. H. Horton Sheldon. Pp. viii + 104. (12) Stars and Planets: Exploring the Universe. By Prof. Donald H. Menzel. Pp. vii + 121. (New York: The University Society; London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., n.d.) 4s. 6d. net each.

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F., N., F., A. The University Series: Highlights of Modern Knowledge. Nature 138, 862–863 (1936).

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