BRAINPOWER QUEST by Andrew A.-Ed. Freeman


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In October of 1956 the trustees of Cooper Union staged a ""convocation"" where ""thirty-six men of affairs, scholars and scientists of the first rank"" discussed and delivered addresses on the major ""problem of developing adequate engineering and scientific brainpower in the America of the future"". These are the revised minutes of those who spoke. Among the prominent figures participating were Lewis Mumford, Mortimer Adler, Herbert Hoover- but one leaves the book less impressed with the individual contributions than by the uniformity with which speakers and panel members view the seriousness and difficulty of the problem. It is this awareness which distinguished the so-called convocation. If it was generally agreed that science and liberal arts educators do not sufficiently work in harmony. If it was observed continually that the schools must cultivate in students more of the ""know why"" than the ""know how"" attitude,- the fact remains that the most solid achievement of the assemblage was the degree to which they faced and took the measure of their common question.... Limited, but educators and some administrators will find it challenging.

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1957
Publisher: Macmillan