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Carroll Mason Sparrow

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A Problem Restated

Toward a Philosophy of History. By Jose Ortega y Gasset. W. W. Norton and Company. $2.75. The history of philosophic thought is for the most part a story of the finding of new ways of saying old things. It is necessary to find these new ways, beca [...]

Mathematics: Queen and Handmaiden

Thc Handmaiden of the Sciences. By Eric Temple Bell. New York: Reynal and Hitchcock. $2.00. Mathematics for the Million. By Lancelot Hogben, F. R. S. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. $3.75. An Invitation to Mathematics. By Arnold Dresden. New Yor [...]

Brown, Jones, and Robinson

Atom and Cosmos. By Hans Reichenbach. Translated and revised by Edward S. Allen. New York: The Macmillan Company. $2.00. The Expanding Universe. By Sir Arthur Eddington. New York: The Macmillan Company. $2.00. Science and Human Life. By J. B. S. Ha [...]

Life Is Like That

The Insect Menace, By L. O. Howard. New York: The Century Company. $3.50. The Wisdom of the Body, By Walter B. Cannon. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. $3.50. Kamongo. By Homer W, Smith, New York: The Viking.Press. $2.00. Histories of modern th [...]

Le Malade Imaginaire

The Contemporary and His Soul. By Irwin, Edman. New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith. $2.50. The Melody of Chaoi, By Houston Peterson. New York: Longmans, Green and Company. $2.50. Civilization is sick. That is the burden of the two books be [...]

Three Cosmologies

Flights from Chaos. By Harlow Shaplcy. New York: Whittlesey House. $2.50. The Mysterious Universe. By Sir James Jeans. New York: The Mac-millan Company. $2.25. The Dynamic Universe. By James MacKaye. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. $3.50. When [...]

Selling the Universe

Man and His Universe. By John Langdon-Davies. New York: Harper and Brothers. $5.00. Many years ago a friend of mine remarked to me that everything in this world had four dimensions: length, breadth, thickness,—and cost. Quite apart from the fact [...]

Beyond and Before

The Universe Around Us. By Sir James Jeans. New York: The Mac-millan Company. $4.50. If this isn't farce of the broadest, what else can it be called? But Mr. Bowers does not hint at it. Nevertheless, he has written an excellent book which is not [...]

Others Call It God

Creation by Evolution. Edited by Frances Mason. New York: The Mac-millan Company. $5.00. American Inquisitors. By Walter Lippmann. New York: The Macmillan Company. $1.25. Sixty-nine years is not a long time as history reckons, a generation is bu [...]

Mostly Fools

Man claims many divine prerogatives but few are more distinctly enjoyable than the privilege of passing judgment on his fellows. I fancy that Carlyle's dyspepsia was momentarily alleviated when he gave vent to that swift summary of the human race fro [...]

This Changing World

Essays in Popular Science. By Julian Huxley. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $4.00. Ways of Living, Nature and Man. Edited by J. Arthur Thomson. New York: George H. Doran Company. $1.50. Downland Man. By h. J. Massingham. New York: George H. Doran Compa [...]

Bought at a Price

The Modern Temper. By Joseph Wood Krutch. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. $2.50. A Preface to Morals. By Walter Ltppmann. New York: The Macmillan Company. $3.00. The Nature of the Physical World. By A. S. Eddington. (The Gifford Lectures, 19 [...]

Purely Platonic

The Lewis Carroll Book. Edited by Richard Herrick. New York: Lincoln McVeagh: The Dial Press. $3.00. Man has ten fingers: hence the importance of centenaries. In the dim past when Nature put on the market her first tentative models of the order [...]

Confusion of Tongues

God and the Astronomers. By William Ralph Inge. New York: Longmans, Green and Company. $4.00. The Limitations of Science. By J. W. N. Sullivan. New York: The Viking Press. $275. Where Is Science Going? By Max Planck. Translated by James Murphy. New [...]

Mantles of Elijah

I Daedalus, or Science and the Future. By J. B. S. Haldane. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. $1.00. Icarus, or the Future of Science. By Bertrand Russell, F. R. S. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. $1.00. Tantalus, or the Future of Man. B [...]

Footloose Philosophy

The Travel Diary of a Philosopher. By Count Hermann Keyserling. Translated by J. Holroyd Reece. 2 volumes. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. $10.00. The Thread of Ariadne. By Adrian Stokes. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company. $2.50. Wh [...]

Phoebus, or the Future of Prophecy

Quo Vadimus? Some Glimpses of the Future. By E. E. Fournier d’Albe, D. Sc., F. Inst. P. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. $1.00. Hephcestus, or the Soul of the Machine. By E. E. Fournier d’Albe. New York: E. P. D [...]

Microbe Hunters

Microbe Hunters. By Paul de Kruif. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. $3.50. We have had many books of late about the discoveries of science but few like this one. The popular expositor has been slow to grasp the significant distinction betw [...]