What is science? PDF ebook (1921) by Physicist. Norman Robert Campbell

What is science? PDF ebook (1921) by Physicist. Norman Robert Campbell

What is science

This little book is written with the hope of encouraging the study of science in the classes of the Workers' Educational Association.

 In spite of some splendid successes — notably the biology classes of Mr. Norman Walker in the Yorkshire district — science does not receive its full share of attention. Science is the characteristic product of modern thought in the realm of pure learning; and yet there is a danger that the W. E. A., which stands for new ideas, which become the last stronghold of the reactionary doctrine that science and culture are antagonistic. Accordingly, my object has been to explain what are the aims and objects of science and what kind of satisfaction can be derived from its study. I have tried to draw attention to those aspects of its more abstruse departments that may be expected to appeal to men and women of wide intellectual sympathies.

 The book does not pretend to be " popular " or to provide an easy hour's reading; for all experience shows that mere difficulties of thought are no bar to success in adult education; the enthusiasm of a leader is all that is necessary to sustain interest. No writer can hope to get into as close touch with his readers as a speaker with his audience, and unless leaders can be found to treat science in the spirit suggested, my efforts must necessarily fail. But perhaps my efforts will help some who would not otherwise have undertaken the task.