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A preliminary discourse on the study of natural philosophy

Author: John F W Herschel
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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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  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John F W Herschel
ISBN: 9781108000178 1108000177
OCLC Number: 1017848939
Description: 372 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part I. Of the General Nature and Advantages of the Study of Physical Sciences: 1. Of man; 2. Of abstract science; 3. Of the nature and objects; Part II. Of the Principles on which Physical Science Relies for its Successful Prosecution, and the Rules by which a Systematic Examination of Nature Should be Conducted, with Illustrations of their Influence as Exemplified in the History of its Progress: 4. Of experience; 5. Of the analysis of phenomena; 6. Of the state of physical science in general; 7. Of the observation of facts and the collection of instances; 8. Of the classification of natural objects and phenomena; 9. Of the first stage of induction; 10. Of the higher degrees of inductive generalisation; Part III. Of the Subdivision of Physics into Distinct Branches, and their Mutual Relations: 11. Of the phenomena of forces; 12. Of the communication of motion through bodies; 13. Of cosmical phenomena; 14. Of the examination of the material constituents of the world; 15. Of the imponderable forms of matter; 16. Of the causes of the actual rapid advance of the physical sciences.
Responsibility: John Frederick William Herschel.


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