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February 13, 1960


JAMA. 1960;172(7):705-707. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020070063018

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Chicago was fortunate during the holidays in having held within its halls the 126th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For several days the parent organization, together with 103 of its affiliated societies, revealed such quantities of scientific information—facts, hypotheses, ideas, and opinions— that the intellectual climate of the Midwest can never be the same. About 6,000 scientists came from far and near to hear the communications, to inspect the exhibits, and to ask and answer questions.

Russell Lynes said in the New York Times book review section recently that in the last decade 3 billion books of all sorts have been bought by Americans and that "Science indeed scarcely showed its bright face on the best-seller lists at all." A speaker at the recent Chicago meeting estimated that if a person devoted every minute of his time in trying to keep informed of all

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