Paradoxes of Nature and Science


    DR. HAMPSON proposes to explain to the uninitiated certain scientific “paradoxes.” The only possible “explanation” of such paradoxes is attained by showing that the abnormal phenomena are determined by precisely the same laws as the normal phenomena; to “explain” why a balloon rises it is necessary to propound the general principles of gravitational mechanics and to show that it rises for the same reason as a stone falls. But Dr. Hampson eschews general principles. His “explanations” are appeals to prejudices as unscientific as those which gave rise to the appearance of a paradox. Even when his arguments are sound they must convey to a reader a wholly untrue idea of scientific method.

    Paradoxes of Nature and Science.

    By Dr. W. Hampson. Pp. xv+304. (London: Cassell and Co., Ltd., 1906.) Price 6s.

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    Paradoxes of Nature and Science . Nature 75, 341 (1907) doi:10.1038/075341c0

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