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Record Number: 30604


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Meeting held at 64, Northcourt Avenue. 24th. Sept. 1945.
Rosamund Wallis in the chair.

1. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed.

[...]

4. Arnold Joselin outlined very briefly the History of Science. He divided the subject into three parts. The origins of knowledge in very early days, The beginnings of scientific development from the 15th to the 19th centuries and Modern Science. He mentioned many of the outstanding figures in the Scientific world, and the discoveries for which they were famous. He ended by suggesting as a subject for a future Book Club meeting “The Unity of Science and Religion”.

5. Austin Miller then expounded the theory of Scientific Method, as applied, not only in the normal way, to scientific research, but also to the Arts and indeed to every sphere of life. He defined Scientific Method in a word as ‘objectivity’ — or the elimination of opinion and the substitution of evidence. In the discussion which followed, most us found ourselves too much in agreement with Dr. Miller to provide an effective opposition, but F. E. Pollard considered that Scientists were guilty of an act of Faith rather than one of proved truth, in supposing that natural laws which have always been obeyed in the past, will continue to be obeyed in the future.

6. Bruce Dilks explained that he had intended to conclude the evening by talking to us on scale, size and measurement. Unfortunately all his notes and diagrams had been left on the Isle of Wight, so instead he offered to answer questions on popular fallacies. [...]

[signed as a true record by] Arnold G. Joselin 22 Oct. 1945. [at the club meeting held at 7, Marlborough Avenue: see Minute Book, p. 43.]'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

24 Sep 1945

Country:

England

Time

evening

Place:

city: Reading
county: Berkshire
specific address: 64, Northcourt Avenue

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

A. Austin Miller

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

Quaker or associated with the Friends

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

Members of the XII Book Club


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

A. Austin Miller

Title:

[on the theory of the scientific method, and its application in scientific research, in the arts, and in all other spheres of life]

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Science

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

30604

Source:

Manuscript

Author:

Margaret Dilks

Title:

XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 5 (1944-1952)

Location:

private collection

Call No:

n/a

Page/Folio:

41–42

Additional Information:

Margaret Dilks was secretary to the XII Book Club from 1940 to 1970. It is inferred from this, and from the handwriting, that she was the author of this set of minutes.

Citation:

Margaret Dilks, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 5 (1944-1952), private collection, 41–42, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=30604, accessed: 25 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/contacts.php).

   
   
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