Reform; An Essay On The Political, Financial And Social Condition Of The United States, Showing…

Paperback | January 6, 2012

byRalph De Clairmont

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VII. FINANCE. MATHEMATICS may be an abstract science, yet it is the most positive of all. The combination of figures and their intricate relations between each other are as infallible as the truth on which they are founded. No argument, be it ever so strong and brilliant, can prevail against the naked truth of honest figures. Three times three is nine and will ever be so to the end of time. By the aid of figures and their manifold combinations, gradually reduced to permanent and absolute rules in arithmetic, geometry, algebra and trigonometry, devising man has been enabled to calculate the revolutions not only of our little earth, but also those of many of the celestial bodies moving in the infinite firmament millions of miles away; the distances from our old globe; the rapidity of the rays of light from the sun; the return of comets, eclipses, transits, etc., etc. Mathematics is the greatest and most useful of sciences, dry as its study may appear to the multitude, and full of so many difficulties that but few select minds succeed in acquiring a perfect knowledge of it. And yet even this science is perverted by wicked man, and truthful figures are used by us to represent lying and hypocritical statements in almost all branches of human industry and institutions. Thus for instance the figure ten is misused by the hunter to indicate the number of hares killed by him in one day, when he really shot but three, or none at all; a merchant is quoted in the secret mercantile report as possessing a capital of fifty thousand dollars, when he is actually not worth over twenty thousand; an insurance company advertises the whole country over, that its capital stock is one million dollars, when perhaps the whole of the stockholders put together are not worth over ha...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VII. FINANCE. MATHEMATICS may be an abstract science, yet it is the most positive of all. The combination of figures and the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217273491

ISBN - 13:9780217273497

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