TITLE

HENRY ADAMS: SCIENTIFIC HISTORIAN (Book)

AUTHOR(S)
Johnson, Gerald W.
PUB. DATE
July 1952
SOURCE
New Republic;7/28/52, Vol. 127 Issue 4, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Review
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a discussion on the book "Henry Adams: Scientific Historian," by William Jordy. It undertakes to dispose of Henry Adams as a scientist whom no one takes seriously. What Adams practices is not science but nescience. His incapacity rested upon his ability to comprehend that science is not a body of knowledge, but a method of inquiry. Adams is still elaborating his theory of the degradation of energy, when the second law of thermo-dynamics is already becoming suspect as regards its universality.
ACCESSION #
14471324

 

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