A Banned Broadcast And Other Essays - J. B. S. [John Burdon Sanderson] HaldaneChatto & Windus, 1946, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with fraying at the spine ends. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
From the cover: “« The war… has convinced hundreds of thousands of people that they must take science seriously. And an appreciable fraction of these believe, with me, that scientific method can be applied to history, economics and politics. My main object in publishing this volume is to increase that number ». So Professor Haldane concludes the Preface to this new collection of his essays, and sets out to achieve his object by the twofold means of provoking his readers into attention and then drawing them along with him by a chain of close reasoning. As his preface promises, he bases his approach to the problems of our time on rationalism and inductive analysis, both posing his questions and stating his conclusions with uncompromising vigour of expression.
These fifty-six essays touch on subjects as diverse as experiments on himself, on Death Rays, the Stars, Words, Food and the Measurement of Time. As is implied by the title essay, a talk which the B.B.C. judged unsuitable for broadcasting, this is a provocative and even controversial book, but marked by the clear reasoning and stimulating outlook characteristic of Professor Haldane’s writing.”