Research in Industry

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    UNDER the title "Research in Industry" the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Board of Trade have issued a reprint of nineteen articles published in the Board of Trade journal between May 1947 and March 1948. This pamphlet of 84 pages is published by H.M. Stationery Office and costs 1s. 6d. The articles are written to illustrate factually the contention that the use of science in industry is essential for the survival of Great Britain. There are contributions by the directors or other officers of the research associations, indicating the part those associations are taking in the progress of the cotton, wool, iron and steel, rayon, pottery, linen, boot and shoe, paint, furniture, electrical and consumer-goods industries ; and these articles are supported by others on electronics as an aid to production, the glass industry, the lace industry, the plastics industry, machine tool and small tool research for the engineering industry, the light-engineering industry, and industrial design research, and by a contribution from Sir Robert Watson-Watt on the industrial application of radar in peace-time. Sir Edward Appleton has written a general introduction on how science can help industry, in which he once again emphasizes the importance of securing the widest possible dissemination of knowledge of the results of research and its utilization in Great Britain. While the articles are admirable as an introduction, they are no substitute for the individual reports of the research boards, stations or research associations, still less of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research as a whole, the pre-war annual report of which was an important document for knowledge of scientific and technical progress.

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    Research in Industry. Nature 163, 795 (1949) doi:10.1038/163795a0

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