A History of European Thought in the Nineteenth Century: Scientific thought, 2 v

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W. Blackwood, 1907

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Page 338 - It is inconceivable that inanimate brute matter should, without the mediation of something else, which is not material, operate upon and affect other matter without mutual contact, as it must be, if gravitation, in the sense of Epicurus, be essential and inherent in it.
Page 338 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of any thing else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity, that I believe no man, who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking, can ever fall into it.
Page 228 - I had the opportunity of being acquainted with divers worthy persons, inquisitive into natural philosophy, and other parts of human learning; and particularly of what hath been called the New Philosophy, or Experimental Philosophy.
Page 96 - And like th' old Hebrews many years did stray In deserts but of small extent, Bacon, like Moses, led us forth at last. The barren wilderness he past, Did on the very border stand Of the blest promis'd land, And from the mountain's top of his exalted wit, Saw it himself, and shew'd us it. But life did never to one man allow Time to discover worlds, and conquer too ; Nor can so short a line sufficient be To fathom the vast depths of nature's sea : The work he did we ought t...
Page 239 - Murdoch, and Christie; nor need we have any hesitation in adding, that within the last fifteen years not a single discovery or invention, of prominent interest, has been made in our colleges, and that there is not one man in all the eight universities of Great Britain who is at present known to be engaged in any train of original research.
Page 457 - With numerous Illustrations. Second Edition. Crown 8vo, 6s. CAIRD. Sermons. By JOHN CAIRD, DD, Principal of the University of Glasgow. Seventeenth Thousand. Fcap. 8vo, 5s. CALDWELL. Schopenhauer's System in its Philosophical Significance (the Shaw Fellowship Lectures, 1893). By WILLIAM CALDWELL, MA, D.Sc., Professor of Moral and Social Philosophy, Northwestern University, USA ; formerly Assistant to the Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, Edin., and Examiner in Philosophy In the University ot St...
Page 416 - Or, if we adopt the atomic theory or phraseology, then the atoms of bodies which are equivalent to each other in their ordinary chemical action, have equal quantities of electricity naturally associated with them.
Page 153 - Les vraies conquêtes, les seules qui ne donnent aucun regret, sont celles que l'on fait sur l'ignorance. L'occupation la plus honorable, comme la plus utile pour les nations, c'est de contribuer à l'extension des idées humaines. La vraie puissance de la République française doit consister désormais à ne pas permettre qu'il existe une seule idée nouvelle qu'elle ne lui appartienne.
Page 284 - Er aber, Howard, gibt mit reinem Sinn Uns neuer Lehre herrlichsten Gewinn. Was sich nicht halten, nicht erreichen läßt, Er faßt es an, er hält zuerst es fest; Bestimmt das Unbestimmte, schränkt es ein, Benennt es treffend! — Sei die Ehre dein! — Wie Streife steigt, sich ballt, zerflattert, fällt, Erinnre dankbar deiner sich die Welt.
Page 353 - And thus nature will be very conformable to herself and very simple, performing all the great motions of the heavenly bodies by the attraction of gravity which intercedes those bodies and almost all the small ones of their particles by some other attractive and repelling powers which intercede the particles.

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