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It is usual for text-books, and especially those of the exact sciences for the use of schools, to be divested of all the adorn-ments of fancy. They aim at conciseness of style, and smallness of bulk. Such books may be cheap and marketable, but they are exceedingly dry and uninteresting; and they are difficult to understand and easily forgotten. Arithmetics, Algebras, Geom-etries, and the textbooks on Civil and Military Engineering, and Navigation, and even treatises on- the most sublime of all the physical sciences, Astronomy, used in our Military and Naval Academies, and all our institutions of learning, almost without an exception are of this dry, stony, and icy charac-ter, utterly devoid of every tint and trait of beauty which can attract the attention, charm the imag ination, and impress the memory.
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Hydraulic Engineering, engineering sciences
Fontaine, Edward, "Contributions to The Science of Hydraulic Engineering" (2020). Engineering Sciences. 7.