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50 Years Ago

Dr. J. B. Mays has in recent years made a significant contribution towards our understanding of some of the intractable problems of juvenile delinquency, notably in his investigation, published in 1959 ... The central thesis of this investigation is that “society itself is in some respects criminogenic and to a considerable extent precipitates its own delinquency” ... but what is unusual is the extent to which Dr. Mays tries to prove that “criminal behaviour arises naturally enough out of the ordinary daily affairs in which all of us are engaged” ... Dr. Mays has had to rely in the main on his own experiences as a youth club leader, and on the research he carried out among the boys of the youth club with which he was connected ... The interesting question is, would these same boys have committed offences had they been born and brought up in any other part of Britain?

From Nature 11 July 1964

100 Years Ago

We have received a copy of a report on the progress of the metric system which was presented by Dr. Guillaume at the meeting of the fifth general conference on weights and measures held in Paris in October last ... A section is devoted to legislation with respect to the metric system in various countries since the fourth general conference. During the past six years the system has been made obligatory in several countries, notably Denmark, Siam, the Belgian Congo, and certain of the republics of Central America. Dr. Guillaume considers that the difficulties standing in the way of the adoption of the system in Great Britain and the United States have been greatly exaggerated by its opponents.

From Nature 9 July 1914

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