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WORTHIES OF SCIENCE.

BY

JOHN STOUGHTON, D.D.,

AUTHOR OF

Homes and Haunts of Luther," " Our English Bible : its Translators and

Translations,etc.

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THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
56, PATERNOSTER Row; 65, St. Paul's CHURCHYARD;

AND 164, PICCADILLY.

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“They (the Universities) began, as is well known, with their grand aim directed on Theology, their eye turned earnestly on Heaven. And perhaps, in a sense, it may be still said, the very highest interests of man are virtually intrusted to them. In regard to Theology, as you are aware, it has been the study of the deepest heads that have come into the world,-what is the nature of this stupendous universe, and what are our relations to it, and to all things knowable by man, or known only to the great Author of man and it.”

Thomas CARLYLE, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh, 1866.

PREFATORY NOTE.

We often meet with those who believe either that science creates a prejudice against religion, or that religion produces a prejudice against science. Many suppose that they are incompatible. The object of this volume is not to reason on the subject, but to show that, in a large number of instances, scientific men have illustrated in their lives a perfect harmony between the two pursuits. Complete biographies must not be looked for on

Only such points are introduced as serve to present clearly to every reader the kind of union just noticed. Each “worthy” is left to speak on both scientific and religious matters, as much as is convenient, in his own language; or summaries of his discoveries and opinions are drawn from sources acknowledged to be trustworthy.

these pages.

Thanks are due to Dr. Risdon Bennett, F.R.S., President of the Royal College of Physicians ; Mr. Dunkin, of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich; and S. Rowles Pattison, Esq., F.G.s., for valuable assistance in revising those parts of the book which relate to discoveries made by the illustrious men described. Some valuable paragraphs and suggestions by the last of these gentlemen have been gratefully adopted in the sketch of Professor Sedgwick.

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