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" It is unreasonable, indeed, to suppose that such marks should any where exist. The Author of nature has not given laws to the universe, which, like the institutions of men, carry in themselves the elements of their own destruction ; he has not permitted... "
The Works of John Playfair ...: With a Memoir of the Author ... - Page 55
by John Playfair - 1822
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 142

1876 - 618 pages
...and the past, we discover no mark either of the commencement or the termination of the present order. The author of Nature has not given laws to the Universe,...themselves the elements of their own destruction.' This was a bold assertion : it was adopted with very little limitation by Sir Charles Lyell, and the...
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Heroes of Science: Botanists, Zoologists, and Geologists

Peter Martin Duncan - 1882 - 388 pages
...termination of the present order. It is unreasonable, indeed, to suppose that such marks should anywhere exist. The Author of nature has not given laws to the universe, which, like the constitutions of men, carry in themselves the elements of their own destruction. He has not permitted...
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The Life of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs, Volume 1

Silvanus Phillips Thompson - 1910 - 646 pages
...eye so far both into the future and the past, we discover no mark either of the commencement or the termination of the present order. It is unreasonable, indeed, to suppose that such marks should exist anywhere. The Author of nature has not given laws to the universe which, like the institutions...
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The Life of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs, Volume 1

Silvanus Phillips Thompson - 1910 - 634 pages
...eye so far both into the future and the past, we discover no mark either of the commencement or the termination of the present order. It is unreasonable, indeed, to suppose that such marks should exist anywhere. The Author of nature has not given laws to the universe which, like the institutions...
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Physics, the Human Adventure: From Copernicus to Einstein and Beyond

Gerald James Holton, Stephen G. Brush - 2001 - 604 pages
...eye so far both into the future and the past, we discover no mark, either of the commencement or the termination of the present order. It is unreasonable, indeed, to suppose, that such marks should anywhere exist. The Author of nature has not given laws to the universe, which, like the institutions...
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