A Defence Of The Divine System Of The World; Which Represents The Earth As Being At Rest, And The…

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byBartholomew Prescot

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1803 Excerpt: ... is the greatest mathematician. It is as easy for men of playful speculative imaginations to pervert pure rational mathematics$ to frame curious hypotheses; to build ingenious arguments upon them in order to display the subtilty of their wit, and, notwithstanding, to draw ridiculous conclusions, as it is to do the fame things in Ethics or any other branches of philosophy. A speculative writer of the present time, read and admired by thoufands, is of opinion that the infirmities of old age might be avoided if people were constantly to use the exercises of youth, and that even they might so continue active, and immortal! such perverse reveries as these, upon the plainest and most obvious concerns of lise, are soon detected and exposed; but when men speculate upon theories far above the sphere of human action, and hedge them about with subtil ties invented for the purpose, they have a better chance of enjoying a long and high-sounding fame; and that in proportion as their productions are dissicult to be understood, especially if supported by a sew visionary characters of like genius, and of rank in life to give credit to their pursuits. Whenever the time shall come, that mankind, content with the space allotted to them by their creator in this world, shall cease to speculate upon regions of unlimited space, far above human comprehension, and stall no longer employ their imaginations in creating suns and worlds without number, I believe Sir Ifaac Newton's serial mathematics--his fluxional calculus, for the most part, will be esteemed a spurious branch of this usesul science, and consequently be exploded with the laws of motion they have been employed to support and establist. I have just observed that although the ancients, at the time, and long before, the appe...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1803 Excerpt: ... is the greatest mathematician. It is as easy for men of playful speculative imaginations to pervert pure rational mathematics$ t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217908411

ISBN - 13:9780217908412

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