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Chapter 4: a world outside of science

It is a commonplace saying — and I think it is Quintilian who recommends that in treating every important subject we should begin from the commonplace, though this is indeed not difficult — that we live in an age of science. We are assured without ceasing, and it is, within just limits, perfectly true, that modern science has transformed the world of thought. The world of action it has certainly transformed. Scientific mechanics are keeping pace, in the most astounding way, with abstract science; and we are all, as has been said, “gazing into the light of the future, our profoundest curiosity quivering under the currents of new thought as a magnet vibrates in the grasp of an induction-coil.” The wonders of the Arabian Nights are the commonplaces of living and moving.

It is the crowning beauty of these wonders

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