The Scientific Age : The impact of science on society by Lloyd Viel Berkner
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1964. First edition. Signed/inscribed by Lloyd V. Berkner. Hardcover. 137 pages ; 19 cm. $4.00 dust jacket with one 1' tear in the front and shelf wear around the edges of the dust jacket. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
THE SCIENTIFIC AGE
The Impact of Science on Society by L. V. Berkner
One of the foremost scientists of our time considers the significance of science and technology as the base of our national economy. Mr. Berkner discusses the principal points of impact on the economy that determine its ultimate stability and effectiveness—education, government, and philosophy. He stresses the urgent need for an increase in the number and kind of graduate study centers, the dependence of our economy on the wisdom of the policies that will govern future federal support of science and technology, and the necessity for continuous incorporation of scientific thought into our society's total philosophy. From these considerations, Mr. Berkner sees a clear pattern of what we must do if we are to maintain, enjoy, and enlarge our extraordinary economy of plenty.
"The key to a stable society lies in its ability to discern and to direct its prime attention to the real issues of the time — issues that in the long run have first-order impact on its genuine well-being. Diversionary activities, encouraged by demagogues and extremists and nourished on prejudice, can flourish only in a society incompetent to form intelligent judgment on basic issues and ignorant of the elements that encourage growth."
L. V. Berkner, the originator of the idea for the International Geophysical Year, is President of the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest.
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