Mid-Century: The Social Implications of Scientific Progress.
Mid-Century: The Social Implications of Scientific Progress
Mid-Century: The Social Implications of Scientific Progress
Mid-Century: The Social Implications of Scientific Progress
Mid-Century: The Social Implications of Scientific Progress

Mid-Century: The Social Implications of Scientific Progress

New York: The Technology Press of MIT and John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1950. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First edition. In the spring of 1949 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology held an international convocation to explore some of the principal pressing problems that had been raised by science for the twentieth century. Forty leading scientists and scholars met to discuss these implications of scientific progress. This book contains verbatim records of the convocation and discussion of the conference. Contained in this volume is Churchill's speech, "The Twentieth Century - Its Promise and Its Realization," which he delivered at the start of the convocation. Churchill's speech is a tour de force survey of the period 1900-1945 that is both incisive and lyrical, humbling and inspiring: "In 1900 a sense of moving hopefully forward to brighter, broader, easier days predominated. Little did we guess that what has been called the Century of the Common Man would witness as its outstanding feature more common men killing each other with greater facilities than any other five centuries put together in the history of the world... but it is not in the power of material forces in any period... to alter the main elements in human nature or restrict the infinite variety of forms in which the soul and genius of the human race can and will express itself." The condition is near fine in a very good dust jacket. The rust cloth binding is clean, square, and tight with some minor wear on the bottom edge, a bump to the upper right corner of the top board, and some wrinkling to the head and foot of the spine. The cover and spine feature bright and attractive gilt with a navy blue title panel on the spine. The contents are clean, bright, and free of toning, spotting, or markings. The unclipped dust jacket, featuring a photograph of Churchill's address, is slightly toned though the color remains bright. There are some minor tears along the edges and two small losses along the flap folds. The jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Zoller B236. Item #002873

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