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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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VI
O
ur
c o n t r i b u t i o n
in the field of Mathematics and Natural Sci-
ences is small as yet, and there are special reasons for this. One
of them is that original scientific research in these fields is gener-
ally published by international journals. A second is that most
Jews of Palestine, particularly in scientific circles, are newcomers
to the country and Hebrew is not always as well known to them
as is, for instance, English to English and American scholars. Not
every good scientist in Palestine is able to produce a Hebrew book
which would be suitable for publication as far as the language is
concerned. In many branches of science, moreover, preliminary
pioneering work in Hebrew scientific terminology has yet to be
done before suitable Hebrew books in these fields can be written
and published. The following example is instructive: The pub-
lication of the first Hebrew book in the field of higher Mathematics
in 1942
Introduction to Mathematics
by Adolf Fraenkel, was only
made possible thanks to the pioneering work of the Vaad Halashon
which first laid down the necessary mathematical terminology.
In this preliminary work, by the way, Prof. Fraenkel took an
important part. The production in Palestine of a mathematical
text which abounds in complicated symbols was itself a pioneer
work of no mean quality on the technical side of the printing.
Among original works in Natural Science published by the He-
brew University Press mention may be made of the Key to the
Plants of Palestine by Alexander Eig, Michael Zohary and Naomi
Feinbrun, and of the books and maps of Ashbel in the field of
Meteorology and Climatology.
The picture may be completed by mention of two scientific
collections of papers, one in the field of Judaica, dedicated to the
memory of Prof. Ascher Gulak and Prof. Samuel Klein, and the
second a volume published in honour of the President of the Hebrew
University and the Chairman of the Hebrew University Press,
Dr. J. L. Magnes. The
Magnes Book
deserves special attention as
it symbolizes the development of scientific Hebrew. There is not
a single branch of research in all the departments of science which
is not represented in this collection: the Humanities in all their
divisions, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, the various depart-
ments of Biology, and Medicine.
VII
T
h e
b i b l e
pro j e c t
,
which was initiated two years ago, during
the war, requires a separate article to be dealt with adequately,
as it forms a chapter of its own. A few sentences on this subject