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Copernicus: Galileo and the Freedom of Thought The Mathematical Work of John Wallis, DD, FRS (1616–1703) Briefe Franz Xaver Freiherrn von Zach und seines Nachfolgers Bernhards von Lindenau von 1791–1816 an P Martin Alois David

Nature volume 143, pages 577580 (08 April 1939) | Download Citation



THERE may appear to be little to connect of these four works beyond the evidence they bear in common to a wider interest in the history of science. This is very welcome. Two of them bear witness further to the active encouragement now given by the University of London to the cultivation of the historical aspect of science. The object is admirable. But it cannot fail to be noticed that success in this line of research is exceedingly difficult of attainment. To the ordinary qualifications of a historian must be added a mature judgment of scientific values. Separately, these are not common qualities; in conjunction they must be rare indeed.

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