Excerpt: ... the rainbow, and leaves us the dead chemical elements.
The information we have gained is practical, but it does not exalt
the soul or render us more keenly alive to the divine beauty which
rests on Nature's face. It does not enable us, as does the
knowledge of literature and history, to participate in the
conscious life of the race. It makes no appeal to our nobler human
instincts. There is no book on natural science, nor can there ever
be one, which may take a place among the few immortal works which
men never cease to read and love. Physical science has its own
domain, and its study will continue to enrich the Pg 109 world, to
make specialists of a hundred kinds; but it never can take the
place of literature and history as a means of culture; and as an
educational force its value is greatest when it is studied not
experimentally, but as literature,
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