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November 1, 1941

The Development of the Sciences: A Series of Lectures Delivered at Yale University Under the Auspices of the Yale Chapter of Gamma Alpha. Second Series

JAMA. 1941;117(18):1573. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820440081031

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Occasionally there appears a collection of lectures that offers interesting and thought provoking reading for every one regardless of his field of specialization: The Development of the Sciences is one of these collections. The material in this book represents the fields of mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, geology, biology, psychology and medicine and was first offered during the winter and spring of 1940 as a series of lectures sponsored by the Yale University chapter of Gamma Alpha. As these lectures were designed for the general public, the authors have made no attempt to become technical; yet the sciences are traced from their beginnings to the more modern trends with no loss of interest. The articles are so forcefully written and the material so absorbing that the reader will loathe interruptions.

Every chapter is so well written that all must be commended. However, the discussions on astronomy, biology, psychology and medicine will

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