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Heroes Of The Laboratory And The Workshop

  • Kartonierter Einband
  • 260 Seiten
HEROES OF THE LABORATORY - PREFACE - SOME months ago, as I ww walking in the suburbs of the city in which I live, I met an artisa... Weiterlesen
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HEROES OF THE LABORATORY - PREFACE - SOME months ago, as I ww walking in the suburbs of the city in which I live, I met an artisan returning from work, to whom, as he passed, I offered a little book. The man courteously thanked me, and ex tended his hand to receive the gift. As he did so, I was struck with the strange contrast between his broad, labour-stained palm and my own slight fingers, which nearly touched his, and I experienced a feeling of peculiar and deep interest as I looked upon the working-man, with whom I was thus, for a single instant only, brought in contact. I would gladly have made him feel that I sym pathized with him, for I realized, as I had not before done, how many were the hardships of his lot, while, at the same time, I half envied the feelings of honest independence which of right belong to the hardworking and industrious inemben of the community, who earn their bread by the sweat of their brow, in obedience to the Divine comllland. I wish I could give him something he would be glad to have, and could talk with him on some subject that would please and interest him, thought I, as I went on my way and this wish returned, again and again, to my mind, until at length it resulted in the production of the following pages. Surely, the history of a working-mans life cannot be without interest for his fellows, especially if it be a true narrative of victorious struggle, and of laborious effort crowned with success. It is true, that but few of this class have given us the personal record of their experience but there are some who have done so, while we possess trust worthy and instructive - memo-rials respecting many others. They are not, however, readily to be metwith, especially in a form suited for general reading. In this little volume the attempt is made to present a few of the more remarkable examples of the kind, in such a manner as to interest those who may here find the life-histories of men of their own class, many of whom acquired wealth and deserved the respect and gratitude of mankind. In offering this book to working-men, I wish to say a few words with reference to it. There are here given a variety of short notices of men, most of whom laboured in the mechanical arts-pmong them, indeed, are four or five names devoted to scie, gce, but they may truly be numbered among working-men and they all rose to eminence solely by the force, of their own talent and energy, , while many of the, fruits of their researches were turned to. practical account in the service of the industrial arts. So closely indeed is science linked to the arts, that we cannot think of the steam-engine without recalling to mind the philosophic Watt, nor rejoice in the safety of the poor miner without blessing the memory of the illustrious Davy. n . Varied as were the circumstances and occupations of the men whose lives are here recorded, they possess in common one characteristic, without which it is certain they could not have distinguished themselves. They were all diligent in business, and worked with persevering and determined purpose and hence their ultimate success. It is indeed true that many, like them, have toiled - and striven, who failed to reach the object of their ambition but these men have not the less truly contributed to the general good, and without their labours the fortunate few who have attained to renown would have been destitute of the meanswhich their skill and diligence have turned to such good account...

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Titel: Heroes Of The Laboratory And The Workshop
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EAN: 9781408622322
ISBN: 1408622327
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Anzahl Seiten: 260
Gewicht: 335g
Größe: H216mm x B140mm x T15mm
Jahr: 2007
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