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CAMPBELL, NORMAN ROBERT. - Physics, the Elements.

 1431610215,
Cambridge Univ Press 1920. Large octavo, very good in publisher's cloth; 565pp. ¶ First edition. Despite the title this is not a text book (Campbell himself spells this out in the first sentence of his preface) and has nothing to do with the periodic table. It was later reprinted with a new title: 'Foundations of Science; the philosophy of theory and experiment' which may make the intent of the book more clear. A long time in the planning and delayed for many reasons, including the war, Campbell finished it without any recourse to his references. He deals with this flaw with equanimity though - complete references would have doubled the size of the book and made it unreadable. The only source that he does acknowledge by name is 'The King's English'; there cannot be too many philosophers or scientists who make such an acknowledgment. Likewise he was pleased not to have written part III at the time that Einstein's theory of relativity was attracting the most condemnation: 'doubtless ... I should have made the blunders or worse blunders myself'.
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