Catalogue of the papers of CARL FREDERICK ABEL PANTIN FRS (1899 - 1967)
With the exception of item 1, the material was received from Professor M.J.S. Rudwick, to whom it was lent by Pantin in the course of research. It is regretted that no other records or correspondence can be traced of this distinguished zoologist and contributor to invertebrate physiology and evolutionary theory.
The collection consists of various typescript sequences for lectures and papers, with many manuscript revisions and additions. Only one item (6) is dated, 1964, but all the material relates to themes dealt with in Pantin's Tarner Lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1959 (edited by A.W. Pantin and W.H. Thorpe and published by Cambridge University Press, 1968, as 'The relations between the sciences') and his Ballard Mathews Lectures on 'Science and education' given at University College of North Wales in 1963. These themes include Pantin's distinction between the 'restricted' (physical) sciences and the 'unrestricted' (biological) sciences, and his postulate of the 'illative sense' - a term borrowed from J.H. Newman's 'The Grammar of Assent' - as a factor in scientific research. Pantin drew for illustrative material on various episodes in the history of nineteenth century biological and geological science.
Compiled by: Jeannine Alton
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