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Binding: Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Aslan Press
Weight: 65
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.5 x W: 0.48 inches

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GE ORCE STEPHENS ON HEROES INVENTION AND DISCOVERY LIVES OF EiVZNENT INVENTORS AND PIONEERS IN SCIENCE ScIccteb b ille EDitor of RISEN BY PERSEVERANCE THE ENGLISH ESSAYISTS ETC. E D I N B U R G H W. P. NIMMO, HAY, MITCHELL RREFA1 ORY NOTE HIS book, like its compxnions in the same series, has bcen produced by the Publishers with a view of providing biographical reading of a wholesome and instructive character, free from sectarian bias of any kind. The importance of invention and discovery in all moral, commercial, and intellectual progress will be readily conceded by every one, and little apology is needed now in presenting examples of some of those eminent in these departments. The articles on James Watt, Robert Boyle, and Sir Humphrey Davy are drawn from a well known book, The Pursuit of Knowledge under Difficulties, by the late Professor Craik London, 1830 with some slight exceptions, the other articles composing the bulk of the book are selected from copyright material placed at the disposal of the Editor for use in the present volume. NTEN ROUERT BOYLE, . I JAMES WATT, I b SIR HUMPHREY DAVY, . I GEORGE STEPHENSON, . m SIR JAhlES Y. SIMPSON, . W GALLERY OF G R E U INVENTORS AND DISCOVERERSROGER BACON, . WILLIAM LEE, . 1 6 MARQUIS OF WORCESTLR. . PRINCE RUPERT, , SIR SAMUEL MORLAND, S JOHN FLAMSTEAD, . JOTIN HARRISON, GEORGE GRAHAhf, . JA3IES FERGUSON, . I MATTHEW BOULTOW, . JOSEIH BLACK, . . e P JOSEPiI PRIESTLEY, . JAMES HARGREAVES, . I a I JOSIAH WEDGWOOD, 4 HENRY CORT, . SAMUEL CROMPTON, I HENRY BELL, SIR DAVID BREWSTF P, CIIARLES BABBAGB, . HENRY BESSEMFB, . JOHN ERICSSON, . TIIOMAS ALVA EDISON, . a I 1 HEBOES OF INVENTION AND DISCOVERY, ROBERT BOYLE. ERHAPS the best example can adduce of the manner in which wealth may be made subservient by its possessor, not only to the acquisition of knowledge, but also to its diffusion and improvement, is that of our celebrated countryman The Honourable RORERTB OELE. Boyle was borne at Lismore, in Ireland, in 1627, and was the seventh and youngest son of Richard, the first Earl of Cork, commonly called the Great Earl. The first advantage which he derived from the wealth and station of his father was an excellent education. After having enjoyed the instructions of a domestic tutor, he was sent, at an early age, to Eton. But his inclination, from the first, seems to have led him to the study of things, rather than of n ords. He remained at Eton only four years, in the last of which, according to liis own statement, in an account which he has given us of his early life, he forgot much of that Latin he had got, for he was so addicted to more solid parts of knowledge, that he hated the study of bare words naturally, as something that relished too much of pedantry, to consort with his disposition and designs. In reference to what is here insinuated, in disparage I B z f1EROE. S OF INYEIVTIOiV AND D. 7SCO V . R K n crlt of the study of languages merely as such, we may just remark that the observation is, perhaps, not quite so profound as it is plausible. SO long as one mind differs from another, there will always be much difference of sentiment as to the comparative claims upon our regard of that, on the one hand, which addresses itself principally to the taste or the imagination, and that, on the other, which makes its appeal to the understanding only. But it is, at any rate, to be remembered that, in confining the epithet useful, as is commonly done, to the latter, it is intended to describe it as the useful only preeminenlly, and not exclusively. The agreeable or the graceful is plainly also useful. The study of language and style, therefore, cannot with any propriety be denounced as a mere waste of time but, on the contrary, is well fitted to become to the mind a source both of enjoyment and of power...

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