SANSS Speakers See "Correctness" Mark of Science
The "correctness" of scientific fact sets science apart from other fields of knowledge, Percy Bridgman '04, professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, and George Wald, professor of Biology, agreed last night at a meeting in the Littaure Auditorium.
Bridgman, speaking first at the forum, which was sponsored by the Student Association of Natural and Social Sciences, declared that scientists attained correctness chiefly by keeping wishful thinking and personal feelings from influencing their work.
Wald likened science to a vast patchwork quilt full of holes which scientists are trying to mend. He emphasized the importance of free exchange of ideas in the scientific world.