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Strona 330 - That which stirs their pulses is the love of knowledge and the joy of the discovery of the causes of things sung by the old poets; the supreme delight of extending the realm of law and order ever farther towards the unattainable goals of the infinitely great and the infinitely small, between which our little race of life is run.
Strona 336 - Another postulate is the universality of the law of causation ; that nothing happens without a cause (that is, a necessary precedent condition), and that the state of the physical universe, at any given moment is the consequence of its state at any preceding moment. Another is that any of the rules or so-called 'laws of nature,' by which the relation of phenomena is truly defined, is true for all time.
Strona 332 - For a long time that sensibility, or that vanity, which people call love of glory is much blunted in me. I labor much less to catch the suffrages of the public than to obtain an inward approval which has always been the mental reward of my efforts.
Strona 323 - Indeed, it must be admitted that the men of the Renaissance, though standing on the shoulders of the old philosophers, were a long time before they saw as much as their forerunners had done. The first serious attempts to carry further the unfinished work of Archimedes, Hipparchus, and Ptolemy, of Aristotle and of Galen, naturally enough arose among the astronomers and the physicians. For the imperious necessity of seeking some remedy for the physical ills of life had insured the preservation of more...
Strona 77 - An Act to extend and regulate the Liability of Employers to make Compensation for Personal Injuries suffered by Workmen in their service.
Strona 335 - ... engaged. There is yet another prefatory remark which it seems desirable I should make. It is that I think it proper to confine myself to the work done, without saying anything about the doers of it. Meddling with questions of merit and priority is a thorny business at the best of times, and unless in case of necessity, altogether undesirable when one is dealing with contemporaries. No such necessity lies upon me, and I shall, therefore, mention no names of living men, lest, perchance, I should...
Strona 324 - of Gilbert ; the anatomy of the great French and Italian schools and the physiology of Harvey. In Italy, which had succeeded Greece in the hegemony of the scientific world, the Accademia dei Lyncei and sundry other such associations for the investigation of nature, the models of all subsequent academies and scientific societies, had been founded; while the literary skill and biting wit of Galileo had made the great scientific questions of the day not only intelligible, but attractive, to the general...
Strona 238 - My Lord, I have received Her Majesty's Commands to make a communication to your Lordship on a subject of the greatest importance. Her Majesty has observed with deep concern the want of instruction which is still observable among the poorer classes of Her subjects. All the inquiries which have been made show a deficiency in the general Education of the People which is not in accordance with the character of a Civilized and Christian Nation.
Strona 336 - But anyone who is practically acquainted with scientific work is aware that those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact, and anyone who has studied the history of science knows that almost every great step therein has been made by the "anticipation of nature...
Strona 533 - to inquire into the best means of extending a knowledge of the arts, and of the principles of design, among the people (especially the manufacturing population) of the country ; also to inquire into the constitution, management, and effects of institutions connected with the arts.