The Seven Follies of Science [2nd ed.] A popular account of the most famous scientific impossibilities and the attempts which have been made to solve them.
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The Seven Follies of Science [2nd ed.] A popular account of the most famous scientific impossibilities and the attempts which have been made to solve them.

By John Phin
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Table of Contents
  • THE SEVEN FOLLIES OF SCIENCE
  • PREFACE
  • CONTENTS
  • THE SEVEN FOLLIES OF SCIENCE
  • I. SQUARING THE CIRCLE
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • II THE DUPLICATION OF THE CUBE
  • III THE TRISECTION OF AN ANGLE
  • IV PERPETUAL MOTION
    • 1. ABSURDITIES
    • 2. FALLACIES
    • 3. FRAUDS
  • V TRANSMUTATION OF THE METALS
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • VI THE FIXATION OF MERCURY
  • VII THE UNIVERSAL MEDICINE AND THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
  • ADDITIONAL "FOLLIES"
  • PERPETUAL OR EVER-BURNING LAMPS
  • THE ALKAHEST OR UNIVERSAL SOLVENT
  • PALINGENESY
  • THE POWDER OF SYMPATHY
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • A SMALL BUDGET OF PARADOXES, ILLUSIONS, AND MARVELS
  • THE FOURTH DIMENSION AND THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEW SENSE AND NEW SENSE-ORGAN
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • HOW A SPACE MAY BE APPARENTLY ENLARGED BY CHANGING ITS SHAPE
  • CAN A MAN LIFT HIMSELF BY THE STRAPS OF HIS BOOTS?
  • HOW A SPIDER LIFTED A SNAKE
  • HOW THE SHADOW MAY BE MADE TO MOVE BACKWARD ON THE SUN-DIAL
  • HOW A WATCH MAY BE USED AS A COMPASS
  • MICROGRAPHY OR MINUTE WRITING AND MICROPHOTOGRAPHY
  • ILLUSIONS OF THE SENSES
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • OBJECTS APPARENTLY SEEN THROUGH A HOLE IN THE HAND
  • LOOKING THROUGH A SOLID BRICK
  • CURIOUS ARITHMETICAL PROBLEMS
  • THE CHESS-BOARD PROBLEM
  • THE NAIL PROBLEM
  • A QUESTION OF POPULATION
  • HOW TO BECOME A MILLIONAIRE
  • THE ACTUAL COST AND PRESENT VALUE OF THE FIRST FOLIO SHAKESPEARE
  • ARITHMETICAL PUZZLES
  • ARCHIMEDES AND HIS FULCRUM
  • INDEX
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