science and society

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The extract is taken from a book written sixty years ago by a British scientist in which he considers the relationship between science and society.

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The extract is taken from a book written sixty years ago by a British scientist in which he considers the relationship between science and society. The pioneers of the teaching of science imagined that its introduction into education would remove the conventionality, artificiality, and backward-lookingness which were characteristic; of classical studies, but they were gravely disappointed. So, too, in5 their time had the humanists thought that the study of the classical authors in the original would banish at once the dull pedantry and superstition of mediaeval scholasticism. The professional schoolmaster was a match for both of them, and has almost managed to make the understanding of chemical reactions as dull10 and as dogmatic an affair as the reading of Virgil's Aeneid. The chief claim for the use of science in education is that it teaches a child something about the actual universe in which he is living, in making him acquainted with the results of scientific15 discovery, and at the same time teaches him how to think logically and inductively by studying scientific method. A certain limited success has been reach

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