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Fri Mar 31 15:28:31 2017 1 Project Gutenberg’s Decline of Science in England, by Charles Babbage This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Decline of Science in England Author: Charles Babbage Posting Date: August 16, 2008 [EBook #1216] Release Date: February, 1998 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK DECLINE OF SCIENCE IN ENGLAND *** Produced by An Anonymous Volunteer REFLECTIONS ON THE DECLINE OF SCIENCE IN ENGLAND, AND ON SOME OF ITS CAUSES. By Charles Babbage DEDICATION. HAD I INTENDED TO DEDICATE THIS VOLUME, I SHOULD HAVE INSCRIBED IT TO A NOBLEMAN WHOSE EXERTIONS IN PROMOTING EVERY OBJECT THAT CAN ADVANCE SCIENCE REFLECT LUSTRE UPON HIS RANK.
BUT THE KINDNESS OF HIS NATURE MIGHT HAVE BEEN PAINED AT HAVING HIS NAME CONNECTED WITH STRICTURES, PERHAPS TOO SEVERELY JUST.
I SHALL, THEREFORE, ABSTAIN FROM MENTIONING THE NAME OF ONE WHO WILL FEEL THAT HE HAS COMMANDED MY ESTEEM AND RESPECT. C.
BABBAGE. DORSET STREET, MANCHESTER SQUARE, 29th April, 1830. PREFACE. Of the causes which have induced me to print this volume I have little to say; my own opinion is, that it will ultimately do some service to science, and without that belief I would not have undertaken so thankless a task.
That it is too true not to make enemies, is an opinion in which I concur with several of my friends, although I should hope that what I have written will not give just reason for the permanence of such feelings.
On one point I shall speak decidedly, it is not connected in any degree with the calculating machine on which I have been engaged; Fri Mar 31 15:28:31 2017 2 the causes which have led to it have been long operating, and would have produced this result whether I had ever speculated on that subject, and what...





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