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Scientific Progress

1st Edition

By James Jeans, William Bragg, E.V. Appleton, E. Mellanby, J.B.S. Haldane, Julian S. Huxley

Edited by James Jeans


216 pages

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First published in 1936, this volume contains six of the Halley Stewart Lectures – originally founded "For Research towards the Christian Ideal in All Social Life" – by some of the greatest of English scientists of the mid-20th century, each a leading authority in his respective field: cosmology, physics, meteorology, medicine and genetics.

The final lecture considers the relationship between scientific knowledge and human ideals, commenting on the paradox that a century which produced such scientific advance also witnessed the most concentrated period of social, economic and political turmoil in world history.

Table of Contents

1. Man and the Universe Sir James Jeans 2. The Progress of Physical Science Sir William Bragg 3. The Electricity in the Atmosphere E. V. Appleton 4. Progress in Medical Science E. Mellanby 5. Human Genetics and Human Ideals J. B. S. Haldane 6. Science and its Relation to Social Needs Julian Huxley

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: 20th Century Science

Reissuing works originally published between 1921 and 1988, this set offers a selection of scholarship covering historical developments in scientific thinking. Volumes range from Einstein's theories to quantum theory and genetics making this a comprehensive collection of previously out-of-print works. Many of the works review scientific advances in general or science and philosophy at the time; a great insight into the intellectual world of the 20th Century.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
SCIENCE / General
SCIENCE / History
SCIENCE / Mathematical Physics
SCIENCE / Nuclear Physics
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Relativity