History of the Inductive Sciences, from the Earliest to the Present Times. 3 Volumes.
by WHEWELL, William (1794-1866).
London:: John W. Parker, 1837., 1837. 3 volumes. 8vo. xxxvi, 437, ; xi, , 534, ; xii, 624 pp. Later brick red gilt-stamped cloth [bound for Haverford College Library]. Haverford College Library markings. Very good. On Whewell's Inductive Sciences [motto/poem]: "Newton in eye of heaven like Enoch stood, and through the paths of knowledge walked with God: His fame extends, a sea without a shore, Who but forsook one world to know the laws of more." There is more of truth than poetry in our motto; for independent of his moral worth, Newton was one under whom Geometry, Mechanics, Optics, and Astronomy emerged into full light, and assumed new forms. The vague dreams of an unsubstantial philosophy fled before him, and the new vigour which he imparted, cherished the reasoning principle, and raised the tone of all the higher energies of the human mind in every department of Physics. … Every physical science involves two processes, the Inductive and the Deductive; - the ascent from facts and observations to principles, axioms, and general laws; and the descent again from such laws to their results in particular cases, their exemplification in particular facts. The splendid body of Truths which have been thus reaped, are marshalled under strategic array in Dr. Whewell's well-known History of the Inductive Sciences…" – Strictures on Dr. Whewell's History of the Inductive Sciences.
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