An Idiot's Fugitive Essays on Science: Methods, Criticism, by C. TRUESDELL

By C. TRUESDELL

While, after the agreeable fatigues of solicitation, Mrs Millamant set out an extended invoice of stipulations topic to which she may perhaps via levels dwindle right into a spouse, Mirabell provided in go back the situation that he would possibly not thereby be past degree enlarged right into a husband. With age and event in study come the dual risks of dwindling right into a thinker of technology whereas being enlarged right into a dotard. The philosophy of technological know-how, i think, shouldn't be the shield of senile scientists and of lecturers of philosophy who've themselves by no means lots as understood the contents of a textbook of theoretical physics, not to mention performed a little bit mathematical learn or perhaps loved the boldness of a developing scientist. at the latter count number I run no threat: Any reader will see that i'm untrained (though no longer altogether unread) in school room philosophy. Of no lack of know-how of mine do I boast, certainly I remorse it, yet neither do i locate this one lack of expertise deadly right here, for few certainly of the nice philosophers to explicate whose works hodiernal professors of phil­ osophy spoil forests of pulp have been themselves so largely and specifically informed as are their scholiasts. In try and palliate the previous count number i've got selected to assemble works written over the last thirty years, a few of them no longer released sooner than, and that i contain just a couple of very contemporary essays.

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E) Smoke for theatricals is sometimes produced this way. The smoke is ammonium chloride. Qf) The mixture is explosive and produces a ‘volcano’. 28). ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS 1. The Latin word from which our word ‘matter’ is derived, ‘materia’, was used for ‘building material’, and we can think of matter as the stuff of which the world around us is built. For most purposes we can consider that anything which takes up space or has weight is ‘matter’. 2. ‘Potty putty’ (a compound of silicon, available from Frido or Griilin & George).

Text, Ch. 22, p. 344. 2. Pupils should be encouraged to try making-a simple telescope. The use of a tube as holder for the lenses presents difliculties. ll5). A watchmaker’s eyeglass makes a convenient eyepiece. Most pupils are interested in the fact that astronomical refracting telescopes produce an inverted image; this of course must be taken into consideration when showing photographs of, say, the Moon (Rogers, p. 280). It is also fairly easy to construct a model of a Newtonian reflecting telescope.

3. It may be well to point out that the eccentricity of 4 0UR PLACE IN THE UN1v12Rs1:·: 5 the Earth’s orbit is very small (-0-017) (cf. Rogers, pp. 267-8, for a scale drawing of this). 4. This is currently of interest in connection with the motion of artificial satellites as well as the motion of the planets and many more elaborate versions of this experiment are possible. (Cf. C. Lab. Guide, III—6, Centripetal Force; and Rogers, p. 300). I·Z, Book Three, p. 55, and Rogers, p. 332). ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS 1.

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