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1hese Vital distinctiono are left blurred. In an one project it at ealways be either ceme 1 or scheme 2, thagh both alternatives might be in simultaneous use, evn at a single colleg an among its various projects. If the six iibject-matter divisions indicated on the diagram be rgarded as ordinates Uelimiting the researwh field, there arises the question of abscissas su*h as fundamental and applied research. S)te paragraphs as the last on page 1 of the agreement leads me to won4sr whether the S.C.S. realises what fuadamental wrk is. Tae, ibr exmple, the x gestion of J, F. Hael of this university that the physical chmistr7 of flocclation in soil is not understood. (An exle, by the way, of what I mean by a "man with an Idea.") This idea, if sound, brackets all of the first four divisions, aad (contrary to the paragrAph on page 1) has n reference to either states or regions. I am, of course, not trying to split hairs on the ouse of terms- I am simply asking whether the docoments taýe into aceount the obvious fact that fundamental wo mt 1-ceep paoe with technique and "fact-findu,* else the latter ends in a blind allq. I. for one, am convinced that erosion is already in a blind allay, in the soese that the fundamental factors so far recognized leave many obuervye phenomena quite unaceonted for. It has been u impression that D. Bennett has the same conviction. It m fairly be asked how I vengest getting osordination and focus, if I propose to leave haninzg in mid-air the scheme" for coverage of the field. The answer lies in periodic inventories and che*-uns. such as Clapp' s "Cpeland Report." 3umch inventories hark back to the complete scheame as a point of reference, and disclose any need s in emphasis. In offering these criticisms, I am, of curse, entirely are that ernsl)n researah, and researh personnel, has not had the benefit of that Ion, stnugle with -pen which has led to the froitfUl evolution in allied fields,. It is a tremendously diffimlt tMin to set u a research field Aldo loopold S*S. I see no harm in an advance cooperative agreemnt provided it is understood tha the real agrowaent will be drawn when a man with an idea to found. This dwuent, however, does not ipress me as so inten d. It sounds like a constitution. A proper advane agrevzont should sirply sa that if a wan with an idea should be found, he may be equipoed aecordlng to such and auch rautines of finance and organization (leavirg as wide a range of alternatives as possible).
THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN Madison 6, Wisconsin Office of the President January 20, 1948i I am ask ng esonu lste below to serve as mm.es of the ee. Mr. Gai l wl serve as Chairman of the Comittee. I hope that you uilI find it yo win nify m office of possible to serve and4 that you acceptanc. Yours sneey Mr. A. F. Profe r Prfessor Professor Proessor Prfessor Mr. H. C. Prfssor Prfeswr Profesor Professor Professor GafL~ste.1, Chaiman Charles BunnR John T. Curtis James G. Dicksonm John T. Emle Norman C. Fassett G. W.Lognce J.u. Robert J. TMukabirn Fred B. Trank ( (P (iJk t~2A-~ (4 iJLJ f /1 /' V~ K / 9-11 Getas