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1820 Apr. 19. 1831

Posology. Rudiments

Subjects of figure
are either
1. Substances — portions
of matter
2. Spaces — portions of

Subject matter

Portions of Space are
no otherwise worth
considering than in
so far as they are
actually or eventually
paths of substances
or indexes serving
for the measurement
of such paths.

Subject matter

Sole recurrent regular

Subject matter

curve solids
1. The sphere
2. The oblate spheroid
3. The prolate spheroid

Sole recurrent regular
1. The circle
2. The Ellipsis, more
or less elongated.

Circle — the physical

1. the circles
described by the surface
of a piece of
after a stem has
dropped into it

2. Firmament — the
ment surface of
the half of an orange
or a turnip after it
has been cut in a
direction perpendicular
to that of the shortest
arcs of this prolate spheroid.

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Equality — the notion
of it is best explained
by considering it as a
negative quantity, having
for its correspondent positive
mode of relation
inequality. Equality
the absence of inequality.

Two quantities are
equal when neither
is either less or greater
than the other.

The most instructive
origin of the idea of
equality is that of ideality:
any quantity is
always equal to itself
Thus it is shewn that
all the lines drawn from
the Center to the circumference
of a circle are
equal. Why? because
in the delineation of a
circle by a line, fixt
at one of its ends, it is
throughout the same line
passing successively
through all those several
portions of space.

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Morph M

In the case of
the idea of time is added
to and combined
with that of space.
But, by itself time
can not be presented
to or kept in view by
discourse: it can no
otherwise be rendered
concurable than by
analogy to space —
to relative space: witness
length of time,
distance of time &c
On this ground it is
that in fluxions it
is expressed in the
only way in which
it can be expressed
— by lines.. the letters
of the alphabet with
the dots being signs
— symbols — characters
designative of those

Is not this so?

According to this,
fluxions should be
the fluctional mode
of expression should
be in a peculiar
degree well adapted
to the description of
the supp action
real and apparent
of the heavenly bodies
and thence to the
subject matters of reference
to navigators

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By Posologists the
same conclusions are
arrived at by different
methods. Problem —
give in lang
the proportion of
give the

to give in language in
which the proportionable
quantity of the terms
of ordinary discourse.
to the usual
terms shall be maximized
a description
of those several methods
for the purpose of determining
which of them
is most advantageous
Is it that some one of
them is most advantageous
on all occasions? or
that some this or that one is most
advantageous on which one
sort of occasion, some
this or that other on
this or that other occasion?

Supposing certainty
alike, or even though
sufficient for
all practical purposes
on the part of all then
that which is c
l and most forcefully
applied will it not obtain
the preference.

Any such idea as that
expressed by the word elegant
should it be regarded?

Would not such regard
be the sacrifice of a real to an imaginary
— a falsely supposed
to a real advantage?

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