The Living Age Volume 228

The Living Age Volume 228

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...has taken its origin, He adds: It is well to impress the fact that Industrial Mechanics has come down from heaven, upon the utilitarians; upon those who appreciate science only so far as it can be immediately profitable to them; who are always complaining that too much is taught at school, and who regard as superfluous everything they cannot find in a formulary, manual or aid to memory. All our progress, then, if we accept the view to which M. Maurice Levy has given expression, has come from the study of what was useless at the time it was studied. There is no doubt that this view is correct. and that fu-ture developments, probably as momentous as those to which we have already referred, will in the future come to us from the same source. To study the useless, therefore, is as important as to apply the useful, from a cosmopolitan point of view; and all wise governments and institutions should use their most strenuous eflorts to aid the first endeavor. The second can very well take care of itself. There can be no question that the progress of science and of the applications of science to industry will go on in a geometrical ratio, and that eventually every country will benefit by this advance; but if we quit the cosmopolitan point of view and endeavor to form an idea of the results of this advance on any country in particular, another set of considerations comes in. Our Empire, as it exists at present, and our great national wealth, are the results of the sea-training and prowess of her sons and of the stores of natural wealth in the shape of coal and iron which the first appliers of mechanics found to their hand. The output and first user of coal and iron depended upon the applications of mechanics, and the flrst user of all these...show more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 848g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926544
  • 9781236926548