For three quarters of a century the distinguished British scientific weekly, Nature, has carried under its title the following lines by William Wordsworth:
To the solid ground Of nature trusts the Mind that builds for aye.
In the most recent issue of Nature to reach the U.S., a fellow of the Royal Society, Dr. Vincent B. Wigglesworth, at long last pointed out that Wordsworth was a strange bedfellow for scientists' "self-esteem." In evidence, Dr. Wigglesworth cited other Wordsworthian lines:
Physician art thou?one, all eyes,
Philosopher! a fingering slave,
One that would peep and botanize