Introduction To The Study Of Natural Philosophy; For The Use Of Beginners

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byCharles Tomlinson

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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. 1853. Excerpt: ... This example leads us to a specific difference between a mechanical or physical phenomenon and a chemical phenomenon. In the one we get the mean of the properties of the component parts; in the other we get different properties. In the one we still recognise the distinctive properties of the two bodies brought together; in the other we have to study the properties of a third substance. Hence, if all chemical phenomena should eventually be found to depend on physical agencies, it will still be necessarily true, that in a chemical fact there will always be something more than in a physical fact, namely, a characteristic change in the molecular condition of the body, and consequently in all its properties. Hence Natural Philosophy is the science in which we study the laws which govern the general properties of bodies viewed in the ma$, and constantly placed in circumstances susceptible of preserving untouched the composition of their molecules, and even most commonly the state of their aggregation. 102. Should the young student who has followed us through this hasty sketch seek in vain for the moral of our story, and ask, "What is the use of Natural Philosophy?" we may reply by quoting Franklin's answer to a similar inquiry, "what is the use of a new-born infant?" The germs of all scientific research contain the elements of future strength and usefulness. All our knowledge bears reference either to speculation or to action, and hence may be divided into the theoretical and the practical. The first constitutes the natural basis of the second, and every branch of industry has derived inestimable benefit' from scientific theories. Who could have supposed that the ancient Greek geometers, while speculating on the properties of the conic sections, would be of inf...

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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. 1853. Excerpt: ... This example leads us to a specific difference between a mechanical or physical phenomenon and a chemical phenomenon. In the o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217492940

ISBN - 13:9780217492942

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