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A History of Science and its Relations with Philosophy and Religion

Nature volume 150, pages 45 (04 July 1942) | Download Citation



SIR WILLIAM DAMPIER is to be congratulated on the appearance of a third edition of his history of science. The first edition, published in 1929, was quickly sold out, a second appearing early the following year. This edition has long been out of print. For a large, rather expensive book, which scarcely appeals to specialists, which is no help in passing examinations, which, though meant for the general reader, will be tackled only by the tougher members of the species, this is most encouraging. It shows there is a genuine interest in the history of Science. Indeed, since 1929 a great deal has been done on the subject. Dr. Sarton's monumental work is going ahead ; the journal Isis has published much Valuable material, and excellent studies of special subjects and special periods have appeared. However, here is a comprehensive view in a single volume that need fear no rival for many years to come.

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