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Chapter 30 The Grammar of Science (1903) Summary

Adams reads a book called "Grammar of Science," by Karl Pearson, after it is recommended to him. The book is supposed to be revolutionary in explaining the new science and demolishing the prejudices that still existed from the science of earlier centuries but Adams finds it to be twenty years behind the times, and a pale imitation of a book by Stallo that Adams had read years ago. Adams surveys various scientific views that attempt in various ways to explain how to look at the world, how to produce a theory or synthesis that would make a unity out of the observed complexity, but the only formula that satisfies Adams is "Matter [is] Motion, - Motion [is] Matter, - the thing moved" which is his own coinage. He arrives at it after reading several attempts...

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