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THESE lectures, we are told in the Preface, were given in the Spring of 1874, at the desire of a number of the friends of the author—mainly professional men—who wished to obtain in this way a notion of the chief advances made in Natural Philosophy since their student days. The demand, therefore, which these lectures are intended to meet, is that of men who, though they have received a liberal education, in which the element of science has not been neglected, are too deeply engaged in their professional work to keep themselves abreast of contemporary science by regular study, but who are yet able to avoid falling behind by occasionally availing themselves of an hour with a scientific friend.

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