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OF

INVENTION AND DISCOVERY

LIVES OF EMINENT INVENTORS AND

PIONEERS IN SCIENCE.

SELECTED BY THE EDITOR OF

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Robert Cochrane
RISEN BY PERSEVERANCE; OR, LIVES OF SELF-MADE MEN,” “THE
ENGLISH ESSAYISTS," "TREASURY OF MODERN BIOGRAPHY," ETC.

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PREFATORY NOTE.

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HIS book, like its companions in the same series, has been

produced by the Publishers with a view of providing biographical reading of a wholesome and instructive character, free from sectarian bias of any kind. The importance of

. invention and discovery in all moral, commercial, and intellectual progress will be readily conceded by every one, and little apology is needed now in presenting examples of some of those eminent in these departments. The articles on James Watt, Robert Boyle, and Sir Humphrey Davy are drawn from a well-known book, “The Pursuit of Knowledge under Difficulties,” by the late Professor Craik; London, 1830; with some slight exceptions, the other articles composing the bulk of the book are selected from copyright material placed at the disposal of the Editor for use in the present volume.

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