Science: Too Small & Too Slow

In Edinburgh for its 113th annual meeting, the British Association for the Advancement of Science heard some frank and challenging criticism of British science and technology. The speaker: the association's president, H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,* until a month ago skipper of H.M.S. Magpie in the Mediterranean. It was aboard his little frigate that Philip, working on navy signal pads, scrawled out the first draft of his speech.

After paying his respects to British science over the past 100 years, he turned to the other side of the record. "From 1870 to 1890, the high-water mark of British industrial expansion ....

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