The Life and Letters of Faraday, Volume 2

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Longmans, Green and Company, 1870 - Electromagnetic theory - 491 pages

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Page 78 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of anything else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity that I believe no man, who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking, can ever fall into it.
Page 325 - High as man is placed above the creatures around him, there is a higher and far more exalted position within his view ; and the ways are infinite in which he occupies his thoughts about the fears, or hopes, or expectations of a future life. I believe that the truth of that future cannot be brought to his knowledge by any exertion of his mental powers, however exalted they may be ; that it is made known to him by other teaching than his own, and is received through simple belief of the testimony given.
Page 278 - In that view matter is not merely mutually penetrable, but each atom extends, so to say, throughout the whole of the solar system, yet always retaining its own centre of force.
Page 82 - ... by which that knowledge is surrounded. In the researches now under review the ratio of speculation and reasoning to experiment is far higher than in any of Faraday's previous works. Amid much that is entangled and dark we have flashes of wondrous insight and utterances which seem less the product of reasoning than of revelation. I will confine myself here to one example of this divining power : — By his most ingenious device of a rapidly rotating mirror, Wheatstone had proved that electricity...
Page 402 - You may imagine my delight when I came to know Mrs. Marcet personally ; how often I cast my thoughts backward, delighting to connect the past and the present ; how often, when sending a paper to her as a thank-offering, I thought of my first instructress, and such like thoughts will remain with me.
Page 2 - By trails with a trough, each was insulated from the other. Will call this side of the ring A. On the other side, but separated by an interval, was wound wire in two pieces, together amounting to about sixty feet in length, the direction being as with the former coils.
Page 240 - A few years ago magnetism was to us an occult power, affecting only a few bodies, now it is found to influence all bodies, and to possess the most intimate relations with electricity, heat, chemical action, light, crystallization, and through it, with the forces concerned in cohesion; and we may, in the present state of things, well feel urged to continue in our labours, encouraged by the hope of bringing it into a bond of union with gravity itself.
Page 401 - Do not suppose that I was a very deep thinker, or was marked as a precocious person. I was a very lively, imaginative person, and could believe in the ' Arabian Nights ' as easily as in the
Page 403 - ... own exertions, we learn by them what is the kind of education science offers to man. It teaches us to be neglectful of nothing ; — not to despise the small beginnings, for they precede of necessity all great things in the knowledge of science, either pure or applied. It teaches a continual comparison of the small and great, and that under differences almost approaching the infinite : for the small as often contains the great in principle as the great does the small...
Page 7 - We are here to refresh. I have been working and writing a paper that always knocks me up in health, but now I feel well again, and able to pursue my subject ; and now I will tell you what it is about. The title will be, I think, " Experimental Researches in Electricity:

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