National Geographic : 1952 Feb
The National Geographic Magazine National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Roberts Palomar's Night Shift Relaxes with Go, an Intricate Japanese Game Before starting a night's work, Dr. Emil Herzog (left), a visiting Swiss astronomer, engages Dr. Minkowski (right) in a battle of wits. Astronomers Robert G. Harrington and Wilson (seated) are side-lined. Go is played with black and white stones, the object being to obtain possession of the larger portion of the board. are many other fields in astronomy to which it will make contributions. The significance of this project, however, is not to be measured only by the role it plays in the solution of existing problems, but more importantly by the fact that it poses new problems. The course of human life is inter woven with the fabric of human curiosity. The search for knowledge has led us upward from the cave. Astronomy and Human Progress Though astronomy has always been remote from the immediate problems of life, its study has greatly influenced the rate and direction of growth of civilization. For example, the work of Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and others on the laws of planetary motion led to the foundation of the science of mechanics. The knowledge of mechanics, in turn, was basic to the industrial development which ushered in the Machine Age. It would be a costly error to limit our sci entific endeavors arbitrarily to solving only those problems which have foreseeable appli cations to everyday life. For it is only from unbridled and unchanneled curiosity that the fundamental discoveries of the past have been made. It may be that the new problems of the heavens will supply us clues to increase further our control over Nature. And in this sense, real meaning can be given to the old idea that the stars are involved in human destiny. Notice of change of address for your NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE should be received in the offices of the National Geographic Society by the first of the month to affect the following month's issue. For instance, if you desire the address changed for your April number, The Society should be notified of your new address not later than March first. Be sure to include your postal-zone number.