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The Search for Truth by Maxwell R. Bennett AO.
The book first sketches the history of how Universities have evolved in their search for new knowledge and understanding and passing this onto succeeding generations. Detailed consideration is then given to whether the present administrative structures and levels of material support are such as to allow universities to maintain these roles into the future.
In the following brief essay, Wilfrid Prest reflects on the book, and the issues it raises with particular reference to the current condition of Australian universities.
For Wilfrid Prest’s review of Bennett’s The Search for Truth, which appeared in Minerva 29 December 2022, DOI 10.1007/s11024-022-09483-8, go to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9797885/