Unity of Purpose, Or Rational Analysis: Being a Treatise Designed to Disclose Physical Truths, and to Detect and Expose Popular Errors

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S.N. Dickinson & Company, 1846 - 292 pages
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"The object of this work as declared in the title page, is to elicit inquiry into, or reexamination of certain matters which the world at large now receive implicitly, at the hands of others, as scientific truths; but which, perhaps, upon a more rigid and scrupulous examination, divested of a too easy faith in matters purely scientific, may be found to be but popular errors, which should be eradicated for the benefit of physical science; and should the fact be disclosed that many matters which are now almost universally esteemed sublime scientific truths, are but dark and occult errors, the inquiry will naturally suggest itself, whether it may not have been found necessary to clothe them in a mathematical dress so wholly incomprehensible to the mass of mankind, as to make it a hopeless task from want of leisure and other facilities, to investigate the truth or falsehood promulgated by the learned through the medium of what is so triumphantly termed the higher branches of mathematics; and hence, whether mankind in general, have not been compelled to remain ignorant of those supposed physical truths, except by a confidential faith in those who profess to teach those things. And should my labors in anywise serve to induce the learned to stoop a little more to the necessities of the multitude, who lack leisure and opportunity to acquaint themselves with all the modern devices of mathematical science, my object will be fully accomplished"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

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