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The Royal Society's Place in Science


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With some scientific topics, its impossible to give a real popular talk. All the information that matters is the special kind like the names of the streets of Timbuktu. If a man succeeds in making some powerful drug synthetically, say morphine, he can either tell at length exactly what he did, writing out all the pages of formulae, or he can just say, I synthesized some morphine... But there are other scientific subjects which one can discuss to an audience with a wide range of interests. And by meeting on this semipopular level some scientists today can feel some purpose in common with the men who met in London 300 years ago.

People in Bright Sparcs - Leeper, Geoffrey Winthrop

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Leeper, Geoffrey Winthrop 1960 'The Royal Society's Place in Science', typescript, Royal Society of Victoria papers, State Library of Victoria, MS 11663, item 35/6.

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