A Survey Of The Natural Science Courses Offered By The Public Junior Colleges Of Southern California

Clark, Hunter N. (1933) A Survey Of The Natural Science Courses Offered By The Public Junior Colleges Of Southern California. Masters thesis, University of Southern California.

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Abstract

Since the dawn of his­tory natural philosophy has been one of the greatest builders. The foundations for the great superstructure of our modern civilization is laid deep in this ancient science. Many years ago the following quotation of Herbert Spencer appeared: We may say that in the family of knowledges, science is the household drudge, who in obscurity hides unrecognized perfection. To her has been committed a ll of the work; by her skill, intelligence and devotion have all of the conveniences and gratifications been obtained and while ceaselessly occupied ministering to the rest, she has been kept in the background, that her haughty sisters might flaunt their fripperies before the eyes of the world. The parallel holds still far­ther, for we are coming to the denouement when the positions will be reversed and while these haughty sis­ters sink into merited neglect, science proclaimed as highest alike in worth and beauty, will reign supreme.1 Spencer’s vision was correct, for today science is literally in the pilots seat. Without fear of contradiction it may be said that science has proved itself to be one of the greatest servants of mankind. During the last quarter of a century, the greatest scientific era of the world has made itself manifest. The advent of the airplane which has made travel over thousands of miles a matter of a few hours rather than days, and the radio, which has made communication instantaneous, are hut two of the many thousands of ways in which science has changed our everyday life. It was none other than Albert Einstein, who said that freedom from the necessity for servants, due to mechanical aids, Is perhaps the best feature of American life. Perhaps the eminent scientist is somewhat cynical when viewing life and customs of the western world, nevertheless, that Is the feature of our civilization, which is most striking to those who visit this country from a foreign land. Interspersed with the good there is always some bad and science is no exception; Along with the many aids to humanity have come also the destructive features. What un­der certain conditions is a blessing, is a curse under dif­ferent circumstances. Paraphrasing the Good Book, it may be said that science is an humble servant but a terrible m aster. Any branch of knowledge that has such an influence upon the everyday life of the people is .certainly worthy of some consideration from the educator of the youth of the nation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Ross Cutts
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 03:48
Last Modified: 29 May 2018 02:39
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/194

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