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The Place of Science in Industry

Nature volume 155, pages 9699 (27 January 1945) | Download Citation



AS was stressed by Sir Richard Gregory in his introductory address, and again by Sir Harold Hartley in summing up at the final session, the two-day conference on "The Place of Science in Industry", arranged by the Division for the Social and International Relations of Science of the British Association on January 12 and 13, and held at the Royal Institution, was no mere repetition of discussions on scientific and industrial research, or the relations of science and industry to be found in numerous recent reports. It could not be claimed that fresh ideas in regard to the strategy and tactics of research or its organization were ventilated at the Conference, though some of the war-time achievements of science were disclosed for the first time to a wider circle. The subject was viewed essentially in its social setting, and the Conference was a definite attempt to further that task of public education upon which the adequate support of research depends. Unless there is general understanding of the achievements and the possibilities of scientific research, we cannot expect that there will be forthcoming the public support, either of finance or of men, on which the expansion of our scientific effort to meet the post-war demands and opportunities ultimately depends.

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