International Activities in Science*


WITH the outcome of the War ever more certain, there can be no relaxation yet of the demand on what our scientific effort can contribute to the hastening of its end. It is none the less our duty to begin to look further ahead and to prepare for the part which science must play in the world which will follow. The needs of alliance in war have evoked, especially between the two great branches of the English-speaking nations, a closer interchange and collaboration in science, between men of different national traditions and loyalties, than has ever before been a matter of organized policy. It is not too early to begin to consider to what degree, and in what form, such a collaborative effort should be continued into the conditions of peace, and extended to scientific men of international goodwill throughout the world. Even in the twenty years of uneasy armistice which ended in 1939, a measure of co-operation among the world's scientific men was achieved.

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