February 01, 1925
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Clyibs and News
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS CLUB
By W. Clyde Allen ’26.
Yoii may have read a few days ago of the case of a Mexican
woman giving birth to twelve babies. Is such possible? If so,
how is it possible? What phenomena of nature surround such
cases? These things and others we discuss in the Science and Math
ematics Club. A sort of family discussion as it were. With the aid
of our faculty brother-members who have studied further than we
in various branches of scientific research, we are able to thrash out
alluring questions. In deed,'that is one of the advantages of the
science and mathematics club, it is an organization whereby teach
ers and students meet as brothers, or better still, as a family, each
imbued with the spirit of science,—to know more of it, and tell the
the rest what they do not happen to know.
We had a wonderful meeting on the night of February 9; Pro
fessor Dansby lectured on the “Fourth Dimension.” In connection
with this he illustrated the law of relativity. “There are,” he said
“only three dimensions worked out, but we need a fourth. Is time
the fourth dimension? If so, why cannot we move back into time?
The greatest curvature of the earth has been estimated in eight
years.” This is only a small part of his most interesting lecture.
Professor Pinkney also spoke on the fourth dimension. He
showed that many, or practically all of our conceptions of things
were erroneous, and, that we of this earth may be but the shadows
of something else. The fourth dimension must be something en
tirely different from the other three.” These two lectures were
among the best we have ever heard, and that’s saying something.
Just here we need to remind ourselves that one does not have to go
miles and miles to find great men, but just realize that we are in
reality surrounded by noteworthy men, which fact, we should not
lose sight of just because we happen to see them every day.-
THE ACADEMIC DEBATING SOCIETY
CAUSES AND REMEDY FOR LAXITY
It goes without saying that every organization has its ups and
downs, and the Academic Debating Society is certainly no excep
tion. Although its very recent history shows a predominance of the
downs”, there are yet some grounds upon which the more optim
istic observers may base their faith in a certain and immediate re
newal of the old time spirit.
At its last fortnightly meeting, the society was reminded of the
just and sound criticisms which had been made by the club editor
of the Athenaeum. The society not only agreed with the editor that