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The Social Sciences as a Factor in International Collaboration

Nature volume 160, pages 103105 (26 July 1947) | Download Citation



IT is a feature of the reviews of the year's work of the Rockefeller Foundation which its president, Mr. Raymond B. Fosdick, is accustomed to give, that they provide not merely a picture of the activities of the Foundation but also of the fundamental needs and problems in the intellectual as well as the physical life of mankind that the Foundation is trying to serve or to solve. In this way these reviews have come to possess a value for assessing the importance or significance of trends in the scientific world or in the activities of other organisations that is almost unique. The review for 1946 admirably illustrates this characteristic, and will be read with interest and profit by those interested in the new World Health Organisation established under the United Nations, the development of the social sciences, the fostering of understanding between the West and the East, or the promotion of that full intercourse of minds in every field of intellectual effort upon which the advancement of knowledge depends.

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