Magnus's “Hydrostatics” and the “London Science Series”


I KNOW it is unusual for an author to offer any reply to the favourable or unfavourable criticism of his reviewer; but I shall be glad if, by way of exception to this wise rule, you will allow me to make a few remarks on the notice of my little book which appeared in NATURE, vol. xviii. p. 693, as they refer to a subject of wider interest than the contents of the work itself. It unfortunately often happens that an author is able to detect that the reviewer has taken no further trouble than to make a few quotations from the preface of the book under review. For my own part I have no complaint on this ground. On the contrary, if the reviewer had even glanced at the preface he would have seen that the book has not been written for the use of very young boys, but that it “is intended for the use of those pupils in the upper Forms of schools who have already acquired some elementary knowledge of the principles of mechanics”—for those, in fact, to whom, after some adverse criticism, he is good enough to say “the book will undoubtedly prove useful”.

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MAGNUS, P. Magnus's “Hydrostatics” and the “London Science Series”. Nature 19, 32 (1878).

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