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Science and its Social Relations

Nature volume 162, pages 235237 (14 August 1948) | Download Citation



THE resolutions adopted by the Committee on Science and its Social Relations of the International Council of Scientific Unions at its meeting in Paris during June 15–16, and which have been forwarded to the scientific press and to scientific institutions, reflect faithfully the trend of thought among a considerable body of scientific men throughout the world. The recent review of the work of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1947 by its president, Dr. Raymond B. Fosdick, gives witness to similar views. At this meeting, Dr. C. H. Desch was the only British representative, Prof. F. J. M. Stratton, who was chairman during 1937–48, having retired on appointment as deputy scientific adviser to the War Office. The resolutions were the outcome of extensive discussions on the method of working to be adopted by the Committee and on its future programme of work, and in this connexion the first resolution affirms the opinion of the Committee that the most urgent problems of the social relations of science are to-day, first, the dangers threatening science from the fact that research in large measure has become dependent on military sources and on industry for its financing, and secondly, the Way in which the results of science are actually introduced into society.

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