London: John Murray, 1922. 8vo. [ii], 15, ; 9, ; 24; 30; 15, ; 12; 27, ; 17, ; 14; 15, ; 14; 11, ; 15, ; 34 pp. FIRST EDITION. Original printed wrappers, slightly soiled, spine rubbed but in good condition; from the library of Arnold Thackray with his bookplate tipped into the front cover. Item #14931
First edition of the annual report for the year 1922. This publication comprises the printed talks given at the 1922 meeting of the Association. At the time, C. S. Sherrington (1857-1952), a Nobel winning scientist who was particularly influential in the fields of neurology and physiology, was the President of the Association, and lectured on animal mechanism. Other lectures were given by the head of the various sections, including mathematics (G.H. Hardy on number theory), chemistry, geology, zoology, geography, economics, engineering, anthropology, physiology, psychology, botany, educational science and agriculture.
According to the back cover, “The British Association for the Advancement of Science was founded in 1831 to give a stronger impulse and a more systematic direction to scientific inquiry” not only in the United Kingdom, but in all areas of the Empire. Membership was based on a sincere interest in the future of scientific research (as opposed to any technical requirement). The papers that were presented at this meeting covered a range of topics, from “Railway problems in Australia” to “The study of man.”.