THE PROJECT AND PROJECT METHOD IN GENERAL SCIENCE

Garfield A. Bowden
1922 School Science and Mathematics  
heralded and quite unknown outside of the usual circle of family relatives and acquaintances of the neighborhood. At Villeneuve PEtang on Saturday, September 28, 1895, at 4:40 in the afternoon occurred the death of Louis Pasteur. The death of the "First Man of France" was lamented not only by the great civic and scientific circles but by the lonely shepherd on the steeps bordering the foothills of the Urals and the rough caravan trader of the Orient, in short, from the far corners of the earth
more » ... rners of the earth came expressions of regret mingled with gratitude in memory of a common benefactor. Indeed his name had already become a noun or a verb or both in nearly every written language. This man had become world famous, world honored and world beloved, solely by his own achievements. No army or navy, no inherited kingship or emperorship, no political, industrial or religious revolution brought about his rise to the pinnacle of world recognition simply the inheritance of an intellect which he willed and purposed to the service of humanity. Rene Vallery-Radot, his son-in-law, records that "he was full of projects, and what he called the Spirit of inventiond aily suggested some new undertaking." The nature of these "undertakings" are suggested in the following statements: 1. To establish the truth or falsity of the so-called "spontaneous generation." 2. To discover causes and effect remedies for the "diseases" in vinegar and wines. 3. To discover causes and effect remedies for "charbon" or splenic fever. 4. To set forth to the world the "germ theory of disease." 5. To establish by public experiment at Pouilly Ie Fort the success of vaccination as a preventive for splenic fever. 6. To make a study of the hydrophobia problem and to work out a preventive treatment of rabies.
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