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The beginning of direct relations between leading men of science

and a governing body of organised Labour must be important, and therefore one is justified in thinking that the dinner arranged by the general council of the Trades Union Congress ought to be the opening of a vital new chapter. Mr. Ernest Bevin and his colleagues have realised that the Labour movement must have its Scientific Advisory Council, and they aimed at representative variety in the group called together for an informal exploration of the plan. Sir Daniel Hall and Sir John Orr, Dr. J. D. Bernal, Sir Frederick Hopkins, Sir Richard Gregory, Professor Hogben, Professor Lockett, Professor J. B. S. Haldane—such names in colloca- tion are formidable. In The Inequality of Man, a book that is now making its provocative way among the sixpennies, Dr. Haldane has things to say about contemporary policies and " slogans " that have no relevance to the facts of geography and population. If the activities of the T.U.C. are now to be brought into contact with men who are masters of research or experiment, or both at once, Labour should not be long in making a fresh appeal.