Science: Cut to Pattern

For months a torrent of science propaganda has sluiced from Moscow's presses. Murky with Marxist doubletalk, it praises Soviet science, denounces Western science as the tool of capitalism and the slave of doctrinal errors, such as "idealism" and "formalism." Along with the orchids for Russia and brickbats for the West go long polemic discourses on such subjects as genetics and quantum mechanics. Most of it is far above the heads of the Russian (or any other) general public.

Last week mighty Pravda (which claims 2,000,000 copies daily) gave three of its 24 columns to a claim that the principle of conservation...

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