ALL thanks to Albert Klamt for posting the following - As Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development,
Dr. Vannevar Bush has coordinated the activities of some six thousand
leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare.
In this significant article he holds up an incentive for scientists
when the fighting has ceased.
He urges that men of science should then turn to the massive task
For years inventions have extended man's physical powers rather than
the powers of his mind. Trip hammers that multiply the fists, microscopes
that sharpen the eye, and engines of destruction and detection are new results,
but not the end results, of modern science. Now, says Dr. Bush, instruments
are at hand which, if properly developed, will give man access to and command
over the inherited knowledge of the ages. The perfection of these pacific
instruments should be the first objective of our scientists as they emerge
from their war work. Like Emerson's famous address of 1837 on
"The American Scholar," this paper by Dr. Bush calls for a new relationship