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Science of Life Series

Nature volume 140, pages 484485 (18 September 1937) | Download Citation



WE confess that we commenced to read with a certain prejudice, for we thought of the many distinguished authors who combined to write the "International Science Series“and cheaper "Primers" of still earlier date. Each wrote on his own speciality, and we assumed a certain virtue in this. We were sceptical in respect to this combination of literary capacity, of imagination and of learning, perhaps expecting that the latter on account of its 'youthfulness' would not be allowed its full play. However, we found ourselves reading Volume 1 on a train journey, and a volume lias been our inseparable compnion on all such for the last three months. We admit 'second childhood' with its consequent loss of memory– and thus our reading gave us pleasure, point following point as to life and the methods thereof, in such definite order that they prodcould reuced in us a happy restfulness, not the boredom that induces sleep. We found a well-authenticated story and ad without the worry of hybrid names, too often coined to glorify an author rather than of necessity. "We ought to have a name for it"."Why?" "Well, someone else will give one, anyhow! Far from valid reasoning ;

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