Professor Shoreham was afraid. Afraid of what science has done in its time of triumph. Afraid of what it could do, used indiscriminately. The things it has found out and known, the things it has discovered and given to the world:
- the wonder drugs that have not always been wonder drugs;
- the penicillin that has saved lives and the penicillin that has taken lives;
- new weapons that have slain;
- the tragedies of radioactivity;
- the pollution that new industrial discoveries have brought about.
So many things have been greeted as a great benefit to humanity . . . and then come the side-effects and sometimes disaster.