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Tongues of Conscience War & the Scientist - R. W. Reid

Readers Union, 1970, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Gently faded at the spine of the DJ. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Small tear to the ffep. Text bright and tight.

From the author’s introduction: “The problem of the conscience of the inventor, or the engineer, or the scientist, who finds that his work can be used either for the good or for the harm of mankind, is not a new one; gunpowder was first discovered by Taoist alchemists looking for elixirs of love. However, during the present century both the scale of the effect on society of the scientist’s work and the way in which the scientist has acknowledged some of his responsibilities to society have changed dramatically. In this book I have chronicled the development of a number of scientific discoveries and inventions of the past hundred years which have been designed to take human life in war and which have influenced history, and I have tried to describe some of the attitudes and illuminate some of the motives of the men whose scientific abilities have so powerfully contributed to this influence.”
Size: 8¾" x 5½"
Number of Pages: 352