Reflections on the Decline of Science in England: And on Some of Its Causes, by Charles Babbage (1830). To which is Added On the Alleged Decline of Science in England, by a Foreigner (Gerard Moll) with a Foreword by Michael Faraday (1831). (Google eBook)
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Page 178 - One of its numerous processes is to make multitudes of observations, and out of these to select those only which agree, or very nearly agree. If a hundred observations are made, the cook must be very unlucky if he cannot pick out fifteen or twenty which will do for serving up.
Page 20 - Pisa, during the last months, made me a present, at parting, of more than a thousand florins, and has now invited me to attach myself to him, with the annual salary of one thousand florins, and with the title of ' Philosopher and Principal Mathematician to His Highness ;' without the duties of any office to perform, but with the most complete leisure.
Page 277 - Without being considered as expressing an opinion on the subject either one way or the other, I am still desirous of placing my friend's reasons before the public, not merely because no one can judge correctly who has heard but one side of a question, but also as a great literary curiosity: for all must allow that it is an extraordinary circumstance for English chavacter to be attacked by natives and defended by foreigners.
Page 188 - Society is much sought after by medical men, as contributing to the success of tb«ir professional efforts, and two consequences result from it: In the first place, the pages of the Transactions of the Royal Society occasionally contain medical papers of very moderate merit : and, in the second, the preponderance of the medical interest introduces into the Society some of the jealousies of that profession. On the other hand, medicine is intimately connected with many sciences, and its professors...
Page 115 - Society, in such a manner as should, by the excitement of competition among men of science, seem best calculated to promote the objects for which the Royal Society was originally instituted.
Page 26 - Laplace, to Napoleon. During the reign of that extraordinary man, the triumphs of France were as eminent in science as they were splendid in arms. May the institutions which trained and rewarded her philosophers be permanent as the benefits they have conferred upon mankind ! In other countries it has been found, and is admitted, that a knowledge of science is a recommendation to public appointments, and that a man does not make a worse ambassador because he has directed an observatory, or has added...
Page 277 - England," in which science in this country has been represented as being in a lamentable state of decline. " I am desirous," says Mr. Faraday, " of placing my friend's reasons before the public, not merely because no one can judge correctly who has heard but one side of a question, but also as a great literary curiosity ; for all must allow, that it is an extraordinary circumstance for English * On the Alleged Decline oí Science in England. By a Foreigner. 33 pp. Svo. Messrs. Boosey. 25 character...
Page 169 - ... tract, not by the observation of quantities inappreciable to any but the acutest senses, but by placing Nature in such circumstances, that she is forced to record her minutest variations on so magnified a scale, that an observer, possessing ordinary faculties, shall find them legibly written. He who can see portions of matter beyond the ken of the rest of his species, confers an obligation on them, by recording what he sees ; but their knowledge depends both on his testimony and on his judgment....