Archimedes and Franklin: A Lecture, Introductory to a Course on the Application of Science to Art, Delivered Before the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, November 29, 1853

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Страница 18 - ... heavenly orbs. Nothing seems to have been too difficult for his accomplishment, from an hydraulic organ, — producing music, I dare say, almost as delightful in that day, as can be drawn by any of the fair fingers before me from one of your President's * grand pianofortes in this, — to that amazing combination of ropes and wheels and pulleys, by means of which, with a slight motion of his hand at the end of a machine which he had contrived for the purpose, he is said to have drawn towards...
Страница 23 - There was a little city (says he), and few men within it ; and there came a great King against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it : " Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city ; yet no man remembered that same poor man. " Then, said I, wisdom is better than strength ; wisdom is better than weapons of war ; nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
Страница 39 - The House being informed of the decease of Benjamin Franklin, a citizen, whose native genius was not more an ornament to human nature, than his various exertions of it have been precious to science, to freedom, and to his country...
Страница 12 - Yet Archimedes had such a depth of understanding, such a dignity of sentiment, and so copious a fund of mathematical knowledge, that, though in the invention of these machines he gained the reputation of a man" endowed with divine rather than human knowledge, yet he did not vouchsafe to leave any account of them in writing. For he considered all attention to mechanics, and every art that ministers to common uses, as mean and sordid, and placed his whole delight in those intellectual speculations,...
Страница 44 - I wish to be buried by the side of my wife, if it may be, and that a marble stone, to be made by Chambers, six feet long, four feet wide, plain, with only a small moulding round the upper edge, and this inscription, BENJAMIN ^ AND > FRANKLIN. . ^ DEBORAH ) . 178to be placed over us both.
Страница 23 - I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me: there was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. Then said I, "Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
Страница 25 - Give me a place to stand upon, and I will move the world ! " That was the expression of a man, who felt that his sphere was too limited for his powers, and who panted for a wider field upon which to display his genius. If he ever spoke with contempt of the practical arts, it could only have been because he saw how little room for them there was in the narrow circuit to which his life and labors were confined. It required a world-wide theatre for the great mechanical inventions which characterize...
Страница 22 - No strength of man or fiercest wild beast could withstand ; Who tore the lion, as the lion tears the kid; Ran on embattled armies clad in iron, And, weaponless himself, Made arms ridiculous...
Страница 13 - ... had at last brought back a crown of corresponding weight. But a suspicion arose that it had been alloyed with silver, and Archimedes was applied to by the King, either to disprove or to verify the allegation. The great problem, of course, was to ascertain the precise bulk of the crown in its existing form ; for gold being so much heavier than silver, it is obvious that if the weight had been in any degree made up by the substitution of silver, the bulk would be proportionately increased.

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