Eccentric

Eccentric

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...I doubt if the Club ever walked at all--but taking into account all the primary causes and all the remote effects--which we have been taught to do this year, to get the point of the argument--we can safely say that the world owes this latest form of muscular exhibition to us. The last year's Historian acknowledged the pleasure of an introduction to Mr. J. W. M. Rankine. Then we had but a casual acquaintance with the distinguished gentleman; now that we have gotten to know him more intimately and have become familiar with all his works, we can really appreciate him and say with the poet--"None know him but to love him, Nor name him but to praise." Mechanism continued interesting to the close of the course, but surprise parties--and some of them were gigantic ones--were in order at every Examination. In speaking of mathematics the Historian knows not what to say. Our class has always been noted for being hard workers in this department, but our conduct this year has been simply wonderful. Some of us have actually made as many "as four or five recitations in one Term. We have taken up the study of "Graphistats" (good word that--one of our own; short for Graphical Statics. See?) in a way that shows we have thoroughly mastered the analytical methods, and the results we obtain at times are astonishing. Engineering is essentially progressive, and what may be looked upon as heresy to-day may be firmly established tomorrow, and in some of our discoveries we simply anticipate; we are ahead of our age, and like many others of advanced ideas we are frequently misunderstood. We look forward with the liveliest anticipations, we absolutely pant for next Term, when we will once more meet the delightful "Taugenichts," type of so...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236518381
  • 9781236518385