Books: World with a Difference

THE WORLD WE LIVE IN (304 pp.)—The Editorial Staff of LIFE and Lincoln Barnett—TIME, Inc. ($13.50 regular; $15.50 deluxe).

Scientists suffer from a peculiar problem: the more they learn, the more complicated their subject becomes. Probing forever past the boundaries of knowledge, the scientist too often is impatient, too seldom has time to learn a language equal to his vision. Too quickly he takes refuge in words that reek of the laboratory, writes reports that plod through complex formulas. The layman must wait for someone to translate science into the words of the world it seeks to explain.

The editors of LIFE have...

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