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No occupation can be more agreeable to the student, than tracing the rise and progress of those subjects which have claimed his time and attention. The inquisitive character of the human mind does not permit him to rest satisfied with the results, merely, of science or of art, but leads him to seek the causes of these results, and the chain of circumstances connected with their development. The admirer of the beauties of Shakspeare, finds his delight increased, if any reminiscence can be discovered, throwing the least light on the subject or composition of a single play; and a new interest invests the recovery of a simple relict, illustrative of the character or habits of the Bard of Avon. The original copy-right of “ Paradise Lost” was with difficulty sold for a few shillings, while the Antiquarian now readily gives a hundred pounds for the manuscript of the Blind Poet. With what increased pleasure do we take up the works of Sir Walter Scott, after reading the interesting biography of Lockhart? Each novel attracts a new feeling, each character a new interest, and we recommence their perusal with a relish never before experienced.
Livre de Lyon
mathematics, history of mathematics
Smith, Francis Henney, "Lecture on the History of Mathematics" (2020). Science and Mathematical Science. 16.