The Royal Society: or, Science in the state and in the schools
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: William Huggins
Excerpt from book: I. THE SUPREME IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE TO THE INDUSTRIES OF THE COUNTRY, WHICH CAN BE SECURED ONLY THROUGH MAKING SCIENCE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF ALL EDUCATION. "Be famous then By wisdom : as thy empire must extend, So let extend thy mind o'er all the world In knowledge," . . . Milton (Paradise Regained). From the Address delivered at the Anniversary Meeting on December 1, 1902. S the living representatives of the great men who founded the Royal Society, or made it what it is, it behoves us to be very eager as to whatever concerns not only the direct improving of natural knowledge, but also the spread of that knowledge and its influence upon the life and industry of the nation. If we contrast the culture and civilisation of the great nations of antiquity, great as they were, with the altogether fuller life of to-day, we cannot fail to recognise how completely the untold conveniences, comforts, activities possible in so many new and varied directions, the wide dissemination by means of scientific processes of forms of beauty, and the power over disease of the present time, which have not only increased the average span of life, but to a much greater extent made so much more possible to man within his short span of years, have followed directly from the great improvement which has been brought about, especially during the last century, and largely by the work of the Royal Society, in our knowledge of natural processes and of the laws which govern them. An event, therefore, so closely associated with the direct object for which the Royal Society exists, and of so great significance and promise for a fuller recognition in the future by the Government, of the importance of scientific methods and of research to our industrial prosperity, as the establishment of a Nation...