SUNDAY, JULY 11, 1926
THE SUMMER MICHIGAN DAILY
THE HUMANZLNG OF KNOWL-
EDGE. by James Harvey Robinson.
George H. Doran company, New
STARLIGHT: by Dr. Harlow Shapely.
George H. Doran company, New
"The whole substance and aims and
methods of education-whether for
young or old-need a thorough over-
hauling and reconsideration." With
this state of affairs in mind, John
Harvey Robinson is editing a series of
books, dealing with scientific subjects
in a popular way with the aim of shak-
ing the adamant rock of public ig-
norance and indifference to higher
Mr. Robinson believes, that the ad-
vance of modern scientific spirit has
been due to what he calls its dehum-
anization. This cold impersonal light
is most desirable for the research
worker in his laboratory, but popular
appreciation can not subsist in its
glare. So, just as it once was neces-
sary to dehumanize knowledge for sci-j
entific progress, it is now necessary toI
rehumanize knowledge for the public
weal. Mr. Robinson sees three things
which must be accomplished if his
series be successful. They must en-
list the reader's attention. The facts
and information should be presented
in an order which will be understood
by the reader. And lastly, the signi-j
ficance of the information in its bear-
ing on the reader's thought and con-
duct and his judgment of others should
be wisely suggested.
The first book of the series, "Star-
light," by Dr. Harlow Shapely, director
of the Harvard astronomical observa-
tory, is the first example of this newer
education. As far as the second quali-
fication of its success goes, the book
is a triumph of clarity and compres-
sion. But the fulfillment of the other
qualifications is doubtful. How a
bald description of the variable stars
in Orion or the irregularities of the
milky way could influence the casual
reader's thought, judgment and con-
duct, to the extent intended is, to say
the least, puzzling.
But the most fatal blemish is the
doubtful allure of the book. Not that
it isn't adroitly written nor that it
isn't accurate and authoritative, for it
unquestionably is. Where the book
appears to fail is where most popular-
ized scientific books fail. They are
either written by authors who make
good reading but are inaccurate, or by
scientists who are accurate but dull.
Dr. Harlow Shapely, director of the
Harvard observatory, is a scientist.
The purpose of the series is distinct-j
ly laudable. The editor of the books,.
John Harvey Robinson, is a man of
the highest intelligence. And as Jur-
gen perhaps appropriately suggested,
good intentions should be respected,
however drolly they sometimes turn
--M. A. H.
realms of only half-developed science
and foretell what was yet to come,
could logically discuss practical ques-~
tions, and above all, show us that lit-
erature is not inconsistent with journ-
alism. It is evident that Hearn chose
with predeliberation to make himself
an artist in addition to being a good
We know him as an able translator
and an exotic writer but never be-'
fore have we met him as a critic of'
passing events. That in doing this
he had an almost prophetic vision and
at times foretold the wonders science
was destined to perform is shown
This is a boys' book in which are
related the adventures of Nahma, In-
dian Prince and heir to the belt of
seven totems. Nahma is the son of
the great peacemaker of the seven
New England tribes and while travel-
ling alone on an embassy of his
father's he is blackmailed by another
youth, jealous of his position of hon-
or, and left for dead. Subsequent to
his recovery he is-entertained by one
of the Iroquois, fights with the Hurons,
is captured and imprisoned by Champ-
lain, escapes only to be re-captured
by an Englishman and leads a miser-
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Houghton )Ifflin company, Boston. of woman's social position, in the hu-
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essays which were printed in the New and has dealt equally well with each.
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First appearing as editorials in the marvelous.
New Orleans Item and the Times- All in all, it is an interesting collec-
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most characteristic work. ten in the best manner, and in the}
This collection snows us something Hearn style, which illuminates another
in editorial writing that is seldom side of the authors character.
found in present day newspapers. --E. H. G.
able life partly of slavery in England.
Finally he is pressed into a ship with
a group of prisoners to be sent back
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his position as the great peacemaker
to succeed his father. Through this
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the treatment of the Indians by white
men and the red-men's reciprocation,
the method of obtaining Indians to be
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small group of Indians, both noble and
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peal for boys who would not incline
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