CREATION OF A WORLD-CENTRE.
of advancing on the highest and most beneficial lines for the general good.
A common centre uniting all branches of theoretical and applied science
could but promote the progress of each, and would enable the learned of all
nations to come together and harmonise their work. While leaving all
congresses free to meet wheresoever they pleased, a permanent centre would
enormously reduce expenses by bringing many services under one interna-
tional management; it would also collect the records of all congresses, and
thus not only preserve the results of many valuable researches which, without
general organisation, run the risk of going astray when once a congress is
over, but make them easily accessible by means of suitable classification and
Moreover, a Scientific Congress Centre in immediate connection with
others, would at every congress offer congressionists the advantage not only
of meeting their fellow-workers in their own paths, but those who labour
in other fields of human interest. At the same time thev would have the
opportunity of seeing the world's latest productions in art, music, drama
and athletics, as well as in science, invention and learning.
Humanity multiplies, develops, circulates and progresses so rapidly that
the demand upon science becomes increasingly imperative, not only for the
formulation of abstract ideals, but for the furtherance of cooperative effort
in all the varied and absorbing pursuits that occupy mankind. The heavy
pressure of modern life requires to be lightened as far as possible; and is it
not reasonable to believe that the means of simplifying and upraising life
would be enormously increased by some great world-centre that would draw
to itself and assimilate the highest scientific achievements, and distribute
them with great saving of time and energy?
A great fountain of human knowledge such as is here outlined would
offer its ever flowing, varied streams of science to all mankind and spread them
freely and rapidly throughout the inhabited world, and this would surely help
forward that progress which the generations yet unborn will justly expect as
their inheritance from us, and which they will certainly in their turn continue.
There is something very exhilarating in the thought, if we only pause to
realise it, that science in the near future will provide for all man s essential
requirements. One may say that it is as impossible to fix any limit to the
power and usefulness of inventive genius as it is to gauge the depths of the
firmament. The tidal and solar energies, when once turned to account by
science, will place at our disposal a power which is practically inexhaustible.
Nor is this all. Slowly the natural forces, controlled by science, are becoming
mans servants, and proving themselves mighty agents for good. There is no
mystery in all this. Evidently it was intended from the beginning, and we were
created to discover and yoke to our service the unseen processes of nature.
Knowledge and its exchange are needed, as well as its rapid diffusion.
It is an undeniable fact that the present age is one which demands