The Road to Reason

byLecomte du Noüy. Longmans, $3.50.
Written seven years before the author’s immensely successful Human Destiny, this essay offers a fuller exposition of the scientific outlook from which du Noüy arrived at the religions postulates of the later book. Here he offers a thoroughgoing analysis of the objectives and concepts of modern science, the limitations of the scientific method, and the philosophic problems that confront the scientific thinker. His conclusion that science “can only supply relative answers" leads to the hypothesis of “anti-chance, which one might well call God,”and to a fervent reaffirmation of “moral and spiritual” values. There is one curious omission in the argument: du Noüy ignores a possibility which recent discussions of a “unitary science” have brought to the fore—namely, that a foundation for ethical values may eventually be found in biology, neurology, and psychology.