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October 1959

The Manifold and The One.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(4):673-674. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270100159030

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Anyone who has been charmed with Agnes Arber's book of philosophy for biologists and other scientists, "The Mind and The Eye," will be curious to know something of her completely different work, "The Manifold and The One." In the brief compass of less than one hundred fifty pages, she has made courageous efforts to overcome the limitations of language in describing her searches into the depths of philosophy and religion for an understanding of the significance of life. The influence of Chinese philosophy and Zen Buddhism as well as the classical philosophers of the West permeate the pages. Unless one is willing to spend many hours pondering the significance of very complicated problems, he will not benefit by studying this provocative book. This essay illustrates the perplexity of trying to think about the one and the many with the simple linear thought and argument which suffices for scientific study and

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