Science and Industrial Research in Canada
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 16 Nov 1916, p. 275-287


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Science and Industrial Research in Canada


The need to put forth every possible effort to bring to the aid of the State every scientific man who is capable of contributing anything to the solution of the great problem before us, the winning of the war. How the necessity for this was realized in Great Britain. Extraordinary measures adopted to make it happen. The speaker's association part of this summer with one of the Boards set up in Great Britain for this purpose. The speaker's realization, on returning to Canada, an attitude of complacency that had previously existed in Great Britain. The need to adopt measures to utilize the scientific ability that exists in our midst. Two or three illustrations that show how science and scientists have helped in the war effort. Physicists and mathematicians solving some issues of precision gunning; finding new methods of maintaining communication during battle so that our forces would not be bombarded by our own guns; the design and production of lighter than air machines that can out-speed the German zeppelins. An idea of the colossal extent of the work that is being done. Devising ways and means for detecting and destroying submarines. The issue of the accumulation of war debt. How Great Britain is preparing to pay its war debt. Lessons we can learn to do the same. Canada, turning to agriculture for revenue. How scientists can help us to adopt measures for increased production. Attacking these and other such problems in a methodical and scientific way. How Germany has utilized science to carry on the war. Seeing to it that we stop squandering the resources of our country. Developing Canada for ourselves without foreign controlled organizations. A story of national squandering related by the speaker. The need to organizing our industries on a scientific basis and to co-ordinate in every way our industrial efforts. Getting the Universities into closer touch with out business organizations. Learning to respect science. Some practical recommendations.