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March 9, 1957

A Scientific Sampler

JAMA. 1957;163(10):903. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450105038

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This book consists of a series of essays on science written in a way that makes it readable to either the layman or the specialist. It covers many fields and in it may be found information on such diverse subjects as anthropology, sensations, sugar, brain food, morale, hobbies, and imagery. The book is based on articles that have been published in the Industrial Bulletin of Arthur D. Little, Inc. over the years. While interesting, the statements are more entertaining than informational. Unquestionably there are many statements that can be quoted and to which reference can be made, but it is not a technically prepared book in the sense that textbooks are. It is the sort of book that one reads primarily for enjoyment, yet with the thought that useful informaion will be accumulated. It lends itself to the armchair or bedside table rather than to the research desk.

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