Social Functions of Science


IN recent discussions on the social functions of science not every contributor has escaped the pitfall of confining the role of science to improving material conditions. I venture to offer the following as a restatement of the more fundamental social function, which is presupposed by the purely material function.

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CALDIN, E. Social Functions of Science. Nature 148, 288 (1941) doi:10.1038/148288a0

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