Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy (Classic Reprint)

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Hulc veri videndi cuplditati adjuncta est appetitlo quasâ? dam principatus, ut nemini parere animus bene a natura informatus velit, â? nisi praecipienti, aut docenti, aut utilitatis causa juste et legitime lmpeâ? ranti :ex quo animi magnitudo existit, et humanarum rerum contemtio.â CICEBO, na Osrlcus, Lib. L5 13. Before all other things, man ls distinguished by his pursuit and lnvestiga.. lion of raU1 n. And hence, when free from needful business and cares, we delight to see, to hear, and to communicate, and consider a knowledge of many admirable and abstruse things necessary to the good conduct and happiness of our lives :whence it is clear that whatsoever is TRUE, simple, and direct, the same is most congenial to our nature as men. Closely allied with this eamest longing to see and know the truth, is a kind of dignified and princely sentiment which forbids a mind, naturally well constituted, to submit its faculties to any but those who announce it in precept or in doc. trine, or to yield obedience to any orders but such as are at once just, lawful, and founded on utility. From this source spring greatness of mind and contempt of worldly advantages and troubles.
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J. F. W. Herschel's A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy, originally published in 1830, carefully sets out the principles and methods of scientific observation. He covers a wide range of methodological and philosophical subjects that include astronomy, light and the relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry.

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John F. Herschel (1792-1871) was a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and one of the most important British scientists of the nineteenth century. The son of astronomer William Herschel, John Herschel was also known for his influential role in British astronomy and in science generally.

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