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Nature volume 143, pages 575576 (08 April 1939) | Download Citation



OF the importance of the part that will be played by men of science in the activities of any country that is, unhappily, engaged in modern warfare, there is no question. All are agreed on that point, and it is deeply to be deplored that the same agreement is not to be found concerning the contribution which they can make, and are ready to make, towards the solution of many of our peace-time problems, nor is the same desire shown to develop organizations which may serve to harness their abilities to that end. It is the tragedy of the times in which we live, that the forces of peace are unorganized, though collectively they are impressive enough in magnitude, and that the threat of war should be needed to orient and to organize man's activities to serve a common national need.

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