Essays on Scientific and Other Subjects Contributed to the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews

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Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1862 - Science - 504 pages
"The Essays collected in this volume were written in great part during journeys or voyages which I have been accustomed to make in the autumn of every year. The greater number of the Essays, thus composed, will be seen to have relation to the progress and actual state of the physical sciences. Written with the view to such illustration, they will, I trust, be read under the same view; --that is, not as formal treatises on these several subjects, but as general outlines, denoting the new methods and spirit of modern research; the more recent and remarkable discoveries in each science; and these mutual connections of all, the knowledge of which is among the highest attainments of man in his study of the natural world around him"--Préface

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