Papers Literary, Scientific, &C Volume 2

Papers Literary, Scientific, &C Volume 2

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...interesting novelties; but there comes an age when the young man feels that he knows nothing of electricity unless he can predict the force which will be exerted on a given magnet under given circumstances, which are themselves capable of being defined accurately by the aid of numbers; and he can only learn this knowledge by the aid of practical classes in the laboratory. ' Examinations precisely such as are here recommended are held in the Cavendish and many other laboratories. Another advantage of the measurement class is this; it brings the teacher of science into direct contact with the practical man. It even enables the practical man to some extent to control the teaching of the man of science. If a practical engineer comes into a scientific laboratory, he can tell whether lengths, areas, angles, forces, and so forth, are being well measured, or whether the class is being taught in an antiquated or perfunctory manner. It will be obvious to the least educated of our practical men, that measurement is required; and they can judge what measurements are required. Hence, we may expect that measurement classes, boldly so called, will readily find endowments; and, as an incidental advantage, they may help to extinguish the popular fallacy of college workshops. Having worked for three years at the bench in a Manchester locomotive shop, I have always protested against the endeavour to set up in colleges or universities workshops, with the object of giving students any considerable practical knowledge of any art. In the secondary school I believe a workshop may be useful as an adjunct, providing certain boys with the means of acquiring a little skill in a pleasant way. There is much pleasure, and some profit, to be got from tinkering among...
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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746589
  • 9781236746580