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Nature volume 142, pages 685687 (15 October 1938) | Download Citation



IT was apparent during the recent critical weeks that, though the problem of the utilization of science in war-time had been under consideration, no comprehensive scheme for this purpose was in existence. The immediate danger is now past, but there are clear signs that the peace obtained by consultation is not of a character which will permit of any relaxation of military preparations. The problem thus still remains an urgent one, though we may hope for the time to work out a reasonable rather than improvised scheme. If this is to be done in a way that is not likely to waste the capacities of scientific workers, or to damage the structure of scientific knowledge and research, scientific men will need to take the matter in hand.

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