Science and the Arts: A Study in Relationships from 1600-1900

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1973 - 226 strán (strany)
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Deals with the philosophical implications of natural science in the various humanistic disciplines during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Remarkable in combining and relating numerous disparate disciplines in the arts and sciences.

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The Shift in Theory of Nature from the Eighteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries
The Logocentric World View of the Enlightenment
The Implications of EighteenthCentury Cosmology in the Humanities
The Place of Baroque Music in the Age of Reason
Musical Classicism Reflected in Enlightenment Mentality
The Primacy of the Life Sciences in the Nineteenth Century
The Humanities in the Light of Romantic Biocentrism
The Biological Metaphor in NineteenthCentury Musical Structure
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Strana 16 - It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth.
Strana 21 - I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea -shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Strana 112 - I happened to read for amusement ' Malthus on Population,' and being well prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on from long-continued observation of the habits of animals and plants, it at once struck me that under these circumstances favourable variations would tend to be preserved, and unfavourable ones to be destroyed. The result of this would be the formation of new species.
Strana 36 - Resolution, to reject all the amplifications, digressions, and swellings of style: to return back to the primitive purity, and shortness, when men deliver'd so many things, almost in an equal number of words. They have exacted from all their members, a close, naked, natural way of speaking; positive expressions; clear senses; a native easiness: bringing all things as near the Mathematical plainness, as they can...
Strana 99 - Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature...
Strana 17 - Thus nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent: the nightingale for his song: and the sun for its radiance.
Strana 129 - The business of a poet," said Imlac, "is to examine, not the individual, but the species ; to remark general properties and large appearances ; he does not number the streaks of the tulip, or describe the different shades in the verdure of the forest.
Strana 26 - For what is the heart, but a spring; and the nerves, but so many strings ; and the joints, but so many wheels, giving motion to the whole body, such as was intended by the artificer ? Art goes yet further, imitating that rational and most excellent work of nature, man.
Strana 125 - Science is taking on a new aspect which is neither purely physical, nor purely biological. It is becoming the study of organisms. Biology is the study of the larger organisms; whereas physics is the study of the smaller organisms.

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