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[6] for experience is the fruit of years.1 (One might indeed further enquire why it is that, though a boy may be a mathematician, he cannot be a metaphysician or a natural philosopher.2 Perhaps the answer is that Mathematics deals with abstractions, whereas the first principles of Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy are derived from experience: the young can only repeat them without conviction of their truth,3 whereas the formal concepts of Mathematics are easily understood.)

1 The Greek looks like a buried verse quotation.

2 The three divisions of the subject matter of Wisdom.

3 Immelmann's emendation gives ‘can only take them on credit from others.’

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