Education: Gideonse's Departure

Like Biblical Gideon, who required three signs from the Lord before he went forth to smite the Midianites, University of Chicago's Professor Harry David Gideonse*is a skeptic and a warrior. Gideonse battles, however, not for the Lord but for the Scientific Method. This made him a natural opponent of his chief, Chicago's President Robert Maynard Hutchins, who believes that there is a hierarchy of truths which transcends laboratory evidence.

For over a year these two have been carrying on the most violent war in U. S. higher education. It started with President Hutchins' book,...

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