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" UNTIL we know thoroughly the nature of matter and the forces which produce its motions, it will be utterly impossible to submit to mathematical reasoning the exact conditions of any physical question. "
Elements of Natural Philosophy - Page 130
by William Thomson Baron Kelvin, Peter Guthrie Tait - 1873 - 279 pages
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Naturalism and Agnosticism: The Gifford Lectures Delivered Before ..., Volume 1

James Ward - Agnosticism - 1899 - 593 pages
...follows : — "Until we know thoroughly the nature of matter and the forces which produce its motion, it will be utterly impossible to submit to mathematical reasoning the exact conditions of any physical questions. . . . Take, for instance, the very simple case bi a crowbar employed to move a heavy mass....
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Naturalism and Agnosticism: The Gifford Lectures Delivered Before ..., Volume 1

James Ward - Agnosticism - 1899 - 593 pages
...Thomson and Tait's Natural Philosophy the division entitled Abstract Dynamics begins as follows: — "Until we know thoroughly the nature of matter and the forces which produce its motion, it will be utterly impossible to submit to mathematical reasoning the exact conditions of any...
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The Medical Fortnightly, Volumes 33-34

Medicine - 1908
...high, it is invulnerable to this attack. In the "Elements of Natural Philosophy," Lord Kelvin says: "Until we know thoroughly the nature of matter and...reasoning the exact conditions of any physical question." This is not all of the truth measured by the standard of Lord Kelvin. It is more than absolutely certain...
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The London, Edinburgh and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science

English periodicals - 1876
...unattainable. As a contrast to this description, I give Thomson and Tait's account of the matter. " Until we know thoroughly the nature of matter, and...submit to mathematical reasoning the exact conditions any physical question. It has been long understood, however, that an approximate solution of almost...
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Philosophical Magazine

Physics - 1876
...unattainable. As a contrast to this description, I give Thomson and Tait's account of the matter. " Until we know thoroughly the nature of matter, and...submit to mathematical reasoning the exact conditions any physical question. It haa been long understood, however, that an approximate solution of almost...
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treatise on natural philosophy

...of a centimetre." WT, Dec. 13, 18 J2. DIVISION II. ABSTRACT DYNAMICS. CHAPTER V. INTRODUCTORY. 438. UNTIL we know thoroughly the nature of matter and...forces which produce its motions, it will be utterly im- mentot • -i • i physical possible to submit to mathematical reasoning the exact con- questions,...
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