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Industrial Research, 1946

Nature volume 158, pages 645646 (09 November 1946) | Download Citation



A REFERENCE book on industrial research which provided fin one volume not merely relevant information of which at present search has to be maele volumes such as “Who's Who”, the “Yearbook of Scientific ana [Learned Societies”, the “Universities Yearbook”, an the registers of various professional or technical associations, but also much that has not been brought together in this way, would prove a real boon to the busy executive, research manager or industrial scientific worker concerned with the planning or administration of research. The present volume, however, misses the mark. Covering a wide field, it does so too imperfectly to replace, even for research purposes, such volumes as those mentioned, and it does little to supply the information which is lacking in those reference works and which they could not reasonably be expected to supply. The publishers show no clear conception of either the public for whom the book is intended or the precise purposes the book is designed to serve. Attempting too much, no field is covered thoroughly enough for reference purposes, and the resulting ‘hotch-potch’ is a bulky volume which cannot justify in its present form a place on the reference shelf of the library or the desk of the industrialist.

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