SCIENCE: The Center of Culture by I. I. Rabi

SCIENCE: The Center of Culture

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A short collection of undated writings--articles? lectures?--on science-and. Because Rabi is such a distinguished physicist and moreover comes across here as an honest, modest, Socially Concerned fellow, it seems a double shame that the book is so dull. . . partly a colorless rendition of the ""two cultures"" problem, with snippets of advice about teaching science and ""interpenetrating"" law, humanities, etc. . . partly an unilluminating micro-memoir of wartime research (the most interesting section being a precis of a 1947 book on why the Germans failed to produce the A-bomb first). Rabi says that universities can't afford to merely serve the government; that intellectuals should become politically active, not just outside consultants; that secrecy is bad and the bomb ""an instrument of evil."" No more, no intellectual esprit whatever. This is volume six in the Perspectives in Humanism series, and the identification will produce a certain demand.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1970
Publisher: World