Daedalus, or Science and the Future: a paper read to the Heretics, Cambridge, on February 4th, 1923, by J B S Haldane, Sir William Dunn Reader in Bio-chemistry, Cambridge University.
Hardcover with blue cloth boards and paper title labels. Published by E P Dutton & Co, New York. Fourth printing, October 1924.
John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892-1964) was a British (later Indian) scientist known especially for his work in genetics and evolutionary biology. Politically he was a socialist who left England for India in the 1950s and became an Indian citizen.
In this essay, ‘Daedalus; or, Science and the Future’, he introduced the term ectogenesis for the concept of what is now known as in vitro fertilisation (IVF or “test tube babies”). His work on this idea influenced Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ (1932).
Hardback, no dust jacket. Spine and covers worn, marked and bumped at edges. Spine discoloured. Remains of old prices in pencil on front endpaper. Binding remains tight, and the book is generally in good condition for its age.