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Public Lectures and Small Section Groups Feature Convention-Under Auspices of M.I.T. and Harvard


A large number of professors in the University attended the 76th meeting of the Americans Association for the Advancement of Science, held last week at M.I.T. and the University. With a registered attendance of 2340, and an actual attendance of between 2500 and 3000, this was the largest single gathering of scientific men ever held. The registration included scientists and teachers from every part of the United States and Canada.

The conference began with a meeting on Tuesday morning of the Executive Committee of the Association at the Hotel Somerset, followed, that afternoon, by a meeting of the entire Council at M.I.T. The gathering as a whole, however, began formally on Tuesday evening with a meeting of the whole Association at the Walker Memorial Building.

The purpose of this meeting was to give the scientists of the Association an opportunity to exchange ideas and discoveries made by them in experimental and research work, and to promote a feeling of good-fellowship between the teachers of science in the United States and Canada. There were a large number of meetings of the various smaller divisions of the Association, at which numerous papers and pamphlets written by members were read and discussed.

Public lectures given included those by Dr. Livingston Farrand, President of Cornell University, on "The Nation and its Health". Professor W.M. Davis '69, of the University, on "Lessons from the Grand Canyon"; Professor E.B. Wilson of Columbia University, on "The Physical Basis of Life"; and Mr. C.W. Rice, secretary of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Developments in South America".

A great many new discoveries and theories were brought forward in the course of the meetings, including research work involving the speed of atoms and new discoveries in electricity and biology. A resolution up holding the general principles of evolution was adopted.

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