|Title:||Science for the General Public
|Subject(s):||Libraries --Special collections --Science
|Abstract:||In this onrushing scientific era, so inadequately characterized
as either the atomic or the space age, it is a truism
to contend that everyone should know about science. Everyone
must. The results of scientific progress in a material sense
are very obvious. Whether there has been a penetration into
the public consciousness and action of the motivations, philosophy,
and rationale of science is another question.
On the one hand, it can be argued that there has been a
tremendous increase in the understanding of the methods and
the importance of scientific knowledge. On the other hand, the
application of the fruits of science and technology to both the
motivatingly intellectual and to the materialistic, falls far
short of what can be accomplished.
That the hard-won knowledge of the universe is painfully
acquired through trying again and again until discovery and
verification brings forth truth--this process we must be convinced
is the method upon which human progress is based. We
must be convinced if we believe in the intellectual democratic
process that this truth in all the fields of human endeavor will
bring forth progress, and that it has, in fact, been the way in
which the human race has evolved and risen to its present
That we are imperfect in our knowledge and our application
of acquired knowledge does not vitiate this conviction that
it is through the scientific method applied to everything from
stars and atoms to mind and motivation that has created the
past and can build the future.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In F.B.Jenkins (ed). 1960. Collecting science literature for general reading; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 6-9, 1960. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 36-43.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (7th : 1960)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16