CONFERENCES: Progressive Chrysanthemums

Along with the late-blooming asters and chrysanthemums, the end of summer brought a blossoming of learned conferences, all dedicated to the hopeful (and frequently alarming) pursuit of progress: ¶The British Association for the Advancement of Science, in Belfast, was greeted at its 114th session by its previous president, the Duke of Edinburgh. Theme of the conference: "Of what use is science if man does not survive?" Discussion ranged from the number of mouse hairs contained in a pound of flour (there may be as many as 180), to a time-motion study of...

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