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Frederick Soddy: The scientist as prophet

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Abstract:

Frederick Soddy's contributions to fundamental aspects of atomic physics are well known. His foresight on questions of atomic, i.e. nuclear, energy have frequently been quoted, and his early concern for the social responsibilities of science and scientists has received comment. Less widely appreciated have been his many publications expounding basic weaknesses in the economic-financial system of the Western world. This paper brings together, mostly in the form of direct quotations from Soddy's many books, an overview of the insights he expressed on these topics. The dates associated with his statements provide the bases for claiming their prophetic status.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00033799200200301

Affiliations: 14 Marine Terrace, Criccieth, LL52 0EF, U.K.

Publication date: July 1, 1992

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