England's Neglect of Science

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Unwin, 1900 - Science - 113 pages

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Page 79 - All offences under this Act shall be prosecuted, and all fines under this Act shall be recovered, on summary conviction before a court of summary jurisdiction in manner provided by the Summary Jurisdiction Acts.
Page 21 - It is exasperating that all the most important, the most brilliant, the most expensively educated people in England, our poets and novelists, our legislators and lawyers, our soldiers and sailors, our great manufacturers and merchants, our clergymen and schoolmasters, are quite ignorant of natural science...
Page 28 - One thing that seems to be quite exasperating is that all the most important, the most brilliant, the most expensively educated people in England ; our poets and novelists; our legislators and lawyers; our soldiers and sailors; our great manufacturers and merchants; our clergymen and schoolmasters ; are quite ignorant of physical science...
Page 79 - Power to vestries of neighbouring parishes to combine. — (1) Where this Act is adopted for any two or more neighbouring parishes, the vestries of those parishes may by agreement combine for any period in carrying this Act into execution, and the expenses of carrying this Act into execution shall be defrayed by the parishes in such proportions as may be agreed on by the vestries.
Page 24 - ... insulated returns should be insisted upon. But even if we do not insist on insulating the returns in all systems, surely something may be said for the giving of this protection on lines near such a magnetic observatory as Kew. Even the magnetograph records now being made have been continuous for forty-five years, and if Kew is interfered with no sum of money can compensate for the interference ; for if the Observatory were removed the future observations would have no link with the past. An engineer...
Page 93 - ... looks into its mechanism, and without it becoming less useful, he finds that it opens up for him a world of thought." It is interesting to notice from this old paper of 1880 how clearly we saw, even then, the necessity for the reform that I now advocate. I venture to give one more quotation : — " In pointing out that, as time goes on, we must begin from more and more comprehensive data — in fact, that pupils must commence their studies farther and farther from the real beginning of the subject...
Page 90 - Chaldean philosopher to acquire a simple knowledge of arithmetic ? The reason is plain. Thomson, when a child, was taught in a few years more than all that was known three thousand years ago of the properties of numbers. When it is found essential to a boy's future that machinery should be given to his brain, it is given to him ; he is taught to use it, and his bright memory makes the use of it a second nature to him; but it is not till after-life that he makes a close investigation of what there...
Page 6 - ... one has ever done before. And when I say the outcome of past experience, I really mean certain general principles which one has always in one's mind, principles derived from all that one has done or seen or read about. Electrical engineering is in a curious position. It owes its being altogether to scientific men, to the laboratory and desk-work of a long line of experimenters and philosophers. Even now the work going on in a laboratory to-day becomes the much larger work of the engineer to-morrow.
Page 90 - ... and lectured upon, just as one might lecture now upon the idea of a rate, or the use of Cartesian co-ordinates, and we may depend upon it that children of the future will use the idea of the calculus, and use squared paper as readily as they now cipher.
Page 6 - ... mathematical treatment and exact measurement. Most of the phenomena dealt with by the electrical engineer lend themselves to exact mathematical calculation, and after calculations are made exact measurements may be made to test the accuracy of our theory. For a completed machine or any of its parts can be submitted to the most searching electrical and magnetic tests, since these tests, unlike those applied by the mechanical engineer, do not destroy the body tested.

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