The Unversity in Modern Society


    SIR WALTER MOBERLY has had a life-long experience of British universities and their problems, derived as a tutor at Oxford, as vice-chancellor of a great ciric university, and since 1935 as chairman of the University Grants Committee. Among these problems he moves with the ease of long intenacy and keep understanding, and in his recent book he write with a charm and persuasivenads that match the penetration and balance of his thought. Sir Walter, indeed, disclaims some of the credit for the book, attributing it in part to a conference of between thirty and forty university teachers of Christian outlook held at Cambridge in September 1946, where discussion centred largely on a series of "University Pamphlets" published by the Student Christian Movement Press (see Nature, 159, 392 ; 1947). If, however, to some extent the book does express the converging thoughts of those and of many other minds, its value is derived none the less largely from the quality of Sir Walter's own thought and the lucidity of his prose. It is an outstanding British contribution to constructive thought about the future of the universities, and should be read by all those who have studied the latest report from the University Grants Committee itself, entitled "University Developments, 1935-1947"(see Nature, 163, 154 ; 1949).

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    The Unversity in Modern Society. Nature 163, 929–931 (1949).

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