Bulletin of the Philosophical Society of Washington, Volume 15

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co-operation of the Smithsonian Institution, 1913 - Science
Vols. 6-12 include the Proceedings of the society's Mathematical Section, 1883-1892.

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Page 102 - And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, And all were in the wrong!
Page 102 - It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The FIRST approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: "God bless me; but the Elephant Is very like a wall!
Page 163 - ... round her burn, And all the planets in their turn, Confirm the tidings as they roll, And spread the truth from pole to pole. What though, in solemn silence, all Move round the dark terrestrial ball; What though no real voice nor sound Amid their radiant orbs be found ; In reason's ear they all rejoice, And utter forth a glorious voice ; Forever singing as they shine, The hand that made us is divine.
Page 117 - It has been truly said that the " seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them.
Page 116 - On two occasions I have been asked, — "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?
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