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Out of the shadows of night
The world rolls into light :
It is daybreak everywhere."

Longfellow

ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE Michael Faraday Washing Apparatus for Sir Humphrey Davy

frontispiece Charles Edward Munroe

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THE OUTLOOK FOR

RESEARCH AND INVENTION

CHAPTER I

The Spirit of Research

T

HE delight to mankind, the only toolusing or fire-making animal, which ac

companies discovery is undoubtedly one of the most satisfying and romantic.

Archimedes, who lived 237 B.C., is said to have been so thrilled by his discovery of the law of floating bodies, while taking his bath, that he ran to King Hyro, without waiting to dress, shouting, “I have found it - I have found it!"

Whereas this joy is felt in both the great fields of military and industrial research, it has been especially true in matters of offense and defense on land and sea and in the art of mechanical flight. Although the instinct of self-preservation has been called the first law of nature, the instinct of workmanship has ever stood near the top and is widespread throughout the animal world, but man is the only animal of con

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