Honour and the Search for Influence: A History of the Royal Society of Canada Carl Berger

ISBN: 9780802071538

Published: June 1st 1996

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167 pages


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Honour and the Search for Influence: A History of the Royal Society of Canada  by  Carl Berger

Honour and the Search for Influence: A History of the Royal Society of Canada by Carl Berger
June 1st 1996 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 167 pages | ISBN: 9780802071538 | 10.23 Mb

As early as 1939 it seemed to thoughtful observers within the Royal Society of Canada that the societys parts had become more important than the whole. The sections had developed distinct personalities, and as an institution the society appeared toMoreAs early as 1939 it seemed to thoughtful observers within the Royal Society of Canada that the societys parts had become more important than the whole.

The sections had developed distinct personalities, and as an institution the society appeared to be a congeries of interest groups, if not independent estates. This fragmentation was visible in the Transactions, published in separate parts for each of the scientific sections, and it was frequently deplored in presidential addresses devoted to clarifying the societys objectives.

In 1938 the marine biologist A. G. Huntsman found an appropriate analogy in comparing the society to the common five-finger or starfish of our Atlantic coast, which, if placed on its back, takes a long time to right itself, since each of the five arms for a time at least gives expression to only its own idea of what should be done under the circumstances. Our five Sections ... not only slow down any necessary corporate action, but, when acting very effectively as units, tend to make us lose sight of what we might accomplish as a body..



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