A Narrative-essay On A Liberal Education; Chiefly Embodied In The Account Of An Attempt To Give A…

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byStephen Thomas Hawtrey

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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. 1868. Excerpt: ... growing list that used to hang up in the mathematical school of " the Initiated," that is, of those who understood and could apply the fourth proposition of the first book. These were my fiva-rai. The Platonic motto " /w$i« oYeayieTpToe elalrco" standing at the head of the list, shut out the profanum vulgus; and hearty, nay, vehement sometimes, were the struggles to get into it. All this I feel to be very outspoken; but the matter in discussion is too interesting and important for me to be squeamish about speaking out. And if we do interest boys in Euclid, and make them like it, only think what we are doing for them. Lund, in his Preface to his Geometry, says:--" Next to the Bible, Euclid is the most wonderful book in the world." I prefer to place the Bible in a category by itself, and, drawing no comparison between it and any other book, simply to say, Euclid is the most wonderful book ever written by man. Undoubtedly it is so. It is the book which has moulded European thought from generation to generation. Even in those nations who have given up Euclid as a text book, the mind has been trained to habits of thought by the rigour and precision of geometrical reasoning of which Euclid is the father. But we Englishmen, with our stability of taste, and our love of linking ourselves on with the traditions of the past, still use the very text of Euclid for mental discipline and training. We value its calmness, its dignity, its permanence. We find Euclid to be a book the tendency of which is eminently to give what St. James calls "the meekness of wisdom:" there is no selfconsciousness, or conceit, or affectation in the quickened intelligence which its study imparts. For myself, I can safely say that I can remember few hours of greater enjoyment than those ...

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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. 1868. Excerpt: ... growing list that used to hang up in the mathematical school of " the Initiated," that is, of those who understood and could a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217662781

ISBN - 13:9780217662789

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