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Studies in the History and Method of Science

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 180,048 / 15739 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.3
Downloads: 1,261
Added to site: 2014.08.13
mnybks.net#: 31682
Genre: Science
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s we see, patiently acquired by searching out the secrets of nature, is the basis of our material civilization. The true and lawful goal of the sciences, seen dimly and so expressed by Bacon, is the acquisition of new powers by new discoveries&mdash;that goal has been reached. Niagara has been harnessed, and manâÄôs dominion has extended from earth and sea to the air. The progress of physics and of chemistry has revolutionized manâÄôs ways and works, while the new biology has changed his mental outlook.</p>

<p>The greater part of this progress has taken place within the memory of those living, and the mass of scientific work has accumulated at such a rate that specialism has become inevitable. While this has the obvious advantage resulting from a division of labour, there is the penalty of a narrowed horizon, and groups of men work side by side whose language is unintelligible to each other.</p>

<p>Here is where the

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