Science: Unrepentant Scientist

Should science be on the defensive, remorseful for having made the Bomb? Among those who think not is quick-smiling, quick-thinking Dr. James Bryant Conant, Harvard's eminent chemist-president, and a top U.S. wartime scientist. Last week, Dr. Conant held a press conference in Manhattan to launch his just-published book, On Understanding Science.*

"Science," Dr. Conant says with conviction, "is on the offensive and extending into new fields. From all sides we feel a demand for more understanding of science, and of what it can do for humanity."

The new book, though physically small, is no light reading for summer afternoons. It is mostly a...

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