From Grammar to Science by Victor H. Yngve download in ePub, pdf, iPad
This manner of motion is summed up in the so-called laws of motion. The customary definitions of mass and force, as well as the Newtonian statement of the laws of motion, are shown to abound in metaphysical obscurities. The corpuscles with which we have to deal are ether-element, prime-atom, atom, molecule, and particle. The historical origin of the concepts of geometry and physics can thus be traced.
We conceive them to move in the manner which enables us most accurately to describe the sequences of our sense-impressions. Theoretically, a complete description of the path and position at each instant of time may be deduced when the velocity in any one position and the acceleration for all positions is given. The term knowledge is meaningless when extended beyond the sphere in which we may legitimately infer consciousness, or when applied to things outside the area of thought, i.
These centres, by their mutual motion and grouping, constitute the model of the sequence of natural phenomena. The Newtonian scheme of dynamics has been shown to be an approximation valid only for gross matter and our gross senses. These corpuscles are only symbols for the component parts of perceptual bodies and are not to be considered as in any way resembling definite perceptual equivalents.
There is reasonable ground for supposing that an electro-magnetic scheme of the constitution of matter will prove far more comprehensive. Scientific concepts are, as a rule, limits drawn in conception to processes which can be started but not carried to a conclusion in perception. They are interdependent and conditioned by the phenomena which they are used to describe.
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