The Aim and Achievements of Scientific Method: An Epistemological Essay

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Macmillan and Company, 1907 - Knowledge, Theory of - 144 pages

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Page 79 - All these things being considered, it seems probable to me that God in the beginning formed matter in solid, massy, hard, impenetrable, moveable particles, of such sizes and figures, and with such other properties and in such proportion to space as most conduced to the end for which he formed them...
Page 17 - But here is the finger of God, a flash of the will that can, Existent behind all laws, that made them and, lo, they are! And I know not if, save in this, such gift be allowed to man, That out of three sounds he frame, not a fourth sound, but a star.
Page 7 - Seeing that numbers, relations, and many other objects of thought, do not exist outside the mind, they have supposed that the thoughts in which we think of these entities actually create their own objects. Every one except a philosopher can see the difference between a post and my idea of a post, but few see the difference between the number 2 and my idea of the number 2. Yet the distinction is as necessary in one case as in the other. The argument that 2 is mental requires that 2 should be essentially...
Page 81 - Professor Japp in his Presidential Address to the Chemical Section of the British Association...
Page 63 - I never satisfy myself until I can make a mechanical model of a thing. If I can make a mechanical model I can understand it. As long as I cannot make a mechanical model all the way through, I cannot understand, and that is why I cannot get the electromagnetic theory.
Page 36 - Verne te plus hardi, mais ne peut être conçue sans contradiction; ou plutôt ces deux propositions: « la terre tourne », et : « il est plus commode de supposer que la terre tourne », ont un seul et même sens; il n'ya rien de plus dans l'une que dans l'autre.
Page 76 - It seems not absurd to conceive, that at the first production of mixt bodies, the universal matter, whereof they among other parts of the universe consisted, was actually divided into little particles, of several sizes and shapes, variously moved.
Page 79 - God is able to create Particles of Matter of several Sizes and Figures, and in several Proportions to Space, and perhaps of different Densities and Forces, and thereby to vary the Laws of Nature, and make Worlds of several sorts in several Parts of the Universe. At least, I see nothing of Contradiction in all this.
Page 67 - ... objects of our sensory perception, to the organs, to the tissue elements, and to every minute cell, something which we have acquired from our own consciousness, something, that is to say, which is not motion, and is not in space, but is in time only. The essence of vitalism, so Bunge would have it, lies in starting from what we know, the internal world, to explain what we do not know, the external world.
Page 80 - At the time I formed the theory of mixed gases, I had a confused idea, as many have, I suppose, at this time, that the particles of elastic fluids are all of the same size; that a given volume of oxygenous gas contains just as many particles as the same volume of hydrogenous; or, if not, that we had no data from which the question could be solved.

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