A Compleat System of Opticks in Four Books, Viz. A Popular, a Mathematical, a Mechanical, and a Philosophical Treatise. To which are Added Remarks Upon the Whole. By Robert Smith, Volume 2 (Google eBook)
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Page 13 - ... may be looked upon as so much the stronger, by how much the induction is more general. And if no exception occur from phaenomena, the conclusion may be pronounced generally. But if at any time afterwards any exception shall occur from experiments ; it may then begin to be pronounced, with such exceptions as occur.
Page 13 - And although the arguing from Experiments and Observations by Induction be no Demonstration of general Conclusions; yet it is the best way of arguing which the Nature of Things admits of, and may be looked upon as so much the stronger, by how much the Induction is more general. And if no Exception occur from Phaenomena, the Conclusion may be pronounced generally.
Page 485 - For I perceived that, if light was propagated in time, the apparent place of a fixed object would not be the same when the eye is at rest, as when it is moving in any other direction than that of the line passing through the eye and object; and that when the eye is moving in different directions, the apparent place of the object would be different.
Page 13 - ... and from motions to the forces producing them ; and, in general, from effects to their causes ; and from particular causes to more general ones, till the argument end in the most general. This is the method of analysis. And the synthesis consists in assuming the causes discovered, and established as principles, and by them explaining the phenomena proceeding from them, and proving the explanations...
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Page 485 - Object would not be the same when the Eye is at Rest, as when it is moving in any other Direction, than that of the Line passing through the Eye and Object; and that, when the Eye is moving in different Directions, the apparent Place of the Object would be different.
Page 428 - ... or excessively thin-blown glass, which he afterwards glewed to the needle, in the same manner as his other objects. . . . The glasses are all exceedingly clear, and shew the object very bright and distinct, which must be owing to the great care this Gentleman took in the choice of his glass, his exactness in giving it the true figure; and afterwards, amongst many, reserving such only for his use, as he, upon trial, 47 found to be the most excellent.
Page 13 - This analyfis confifts in making experiments and obfervations, and in drawing general conclufions from them by induction, and admitting of no objections againft the conclufions, but fuch as are taken from experiments, or other certain truths. For hypothefes are not to be regarded in experimental philofophy.