Science: Man and His Mind

Science proceeds by tiny steps. Yet its ten thousand little leaps, its experiments on tadpoles, molecules and proteins must have landed science somewhere. Where?

Last week a distinguished scientist, Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, Britain's greatest physiologist, ventured an answer—a 413-page book entitled Man on His Nature (Macmillan, $3.75). Sherrington's studies of the nervous system won him a Nobel Prize in 1932.

Celestial Life. "The trend [of scientific thought] can be better judged," says Sherrington, "by comparison of general positions taken a significant interval apart." For contrast with his own views, Sherrington selects those...

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