Russell, Bertrand.

Published by NY 1953. Simon & Schuster, 1953
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blue & gilt decorative cloth hardbound 8vo. 8º (octavo). dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. near fine cond. binding square & tight. covers clean. minor rubbing to corners, spine top & bottom. edges clean. contents free of all markings. price clipped dustwrapper in good cond. missing piece at top of front panel, soiling, missing small pieces at spine top & bottom, chipped along rear top. nice clean copy. no library markings or store stamps, no stickers or bookplates, no names, no inking , no underlining, no remainder markings etc ~. first edition. first printing so stated. 114p. & author bio. note. philosophy. politics. history of science. conspiracy theory. mathematics. ~ One of the greatest philosophers of our modern age examines the changes brought about by science and suggests that its work in transforming society is only just beginning. He takes an optimistic view of the future and the prevention of war. IN THIS CONCISE and luminous book the winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature and perhaps the outstanding philosopher of our time~regarded by many educators, scholars and critics as the most original English thinker since David Hume~examines the changes in modern life brought about by ~Science. He suggests that its work in transformmg society is only just beginning. Employing brilliantly and boldly his full arsenal of logical and literary attributes~and the greatest of these is clarity~he discusses science and tradition, science and war, science and values, and the effects of scientific technique in an oligarchy and in a democracy. He shows that science now offers the possibility of far greater well~being for humanity than it has ever known before. But conditions are imposed: war must be avoided, political and economic power must be more wisely distributed than they are now, and the population of the world must be kept within certain limits. Lord Russell argues his case in a manner which is at once sharply Voltairean and gently humane, like an "attorney~general for reason" and a philosopher at~large and defender of the good life. He sees mankind at present in the middle of a race between science as to means and human folly as to ends. Man has advanced miraculously in knowledge and technology, but has failed to grow in wisdom and in grace. In his final chapter the author faces the fundamental question of our time: can a scientific society be stable? He groups the possible causes of instability under three heads: physical, biological, and psychological. "What stands in our way?" he asks, and promptly answers, "It is not physical or technical obstacles, but only the evil passions in human minds." And he offers an affirmative answer and a lofty hope on a high moral plane: "The root of the matter is a very simple and old~fashioned thing, a thing so simple that I am almost ashamed to mention it for fear of the derisive smile with which wise cynics will greet my words. The thing I mean~please forgive me for mentioning it~is love, Christian love, or compassion. If you feel this, you have a motive for existence, a reason for courage, a guide in action, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty." PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This book is based upon lectures originally given at Ruskin College in Oxford. Three of these lectures, Chapter I on Science and Tradition, Chapter II on General Effects of Scientific Technique, and Chapter VI on Science and Values, were subsequently repeated at Columbia University, under the auspices of the Machette Foundation, and were published and copyrighted by The Columbia University Press in an earlier and smaller book also entitled "The Impact of Science on Society." These three chapters are reprinted here by special permission. None of the other chapters has been published before in the United States. The last chapter in the present book was the Lloyd Roberts lecture given at the Royal Society of Medicine, London. Bookseller Inventory # 9281501

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Publisher: NY 1953. Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1953

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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