A Scientific Press Bureau

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THE second editorial article in NATURE of August 30, “Physics and the Future”, remarks how remote is science to the majority of citizens. As never before, pure and applied science to–day plays an essential part in affairs, and it has recently been said that scientific development can make good in a very short time the material wastage and set–backs of this War. But it is only occasionally, as when ‘Radiolocation’ was announced, that the average citizen realizes that science is not entirely a means of producing more and more terrible weapons of destruction. The scientific attitude applied to our post–war problems, we believe, can rid civilization of recurrent wars and economic chaos. If we admit the ideal of democracy, the power of science to accomplish these ends must depend upon the public acceptance of science as a desirable thing.

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JOHNSTON, D. A Scientific Press Bureau. Nature 148, 375 (1941) doi:10.1038/148375a0

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