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By R. C. Jebb

ISBN-10: 0511707878

ISBN-13: 9780511707872

ISBN-10: 1108010830

ISBN-13: 9781108010832

First released in 1882, it is a biography of the English clergyman, pupil and classicist, Richard Bentley (1662-1742). Born in West Yorkshire, expert at Wakefield Grammar institution and later at St John's university in Cambridge, Bentley grew to become the most revered textual critics of his day. between scholars of the Greek New testomony, he's remembered because the first individual to outline a plan for developing the full of the textual content at once from the unique files. Bentley turned a favourite and arguable determine in the course of his time as grasp of Trinity collage, Cambridge. His mood and his contemptuous remedy of his colleagues ended in numerous makes an attempt to safe his removing and embroiled him in controversy and feuding for the following 30 years. regardless of all this, Bentley endured his classical study and released books which are studied to this present day.

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Nothing more excellent in its kind has appeared,' said Valckenaer,—' nothing more highly finished;' 'a most thorough piece of work, by which writers who respect their readers might well be deterred' from an attempt at rivalry. I t is no real abatement of Bentley's desert that a few gleanings were left for those who came after him. Here, as in some other cases, the distinctive merit of his work is not that it was final but that it was exemplary. In this particular department —the editing of fragments—he differed from his predecessors as the numismatist, who arranges a cabinet of coins, differs from the digger who is only aware that he has unearthed an old bit of gold or silver.

25 Cartesian system was still generally received. Descartes taught that each planet was carried round the sun in a separate vortex; and that the satellites are likewise carried round by sma-ller vortices, contained within those of the several planets. Centrifugal motion would constantly impel the planets to fly off in a straight line from the sun; but they are kept in their orbits by the pressure of an outer sphere, consisting of denser particles which are beyond the action of the vortices. Newton had demolished this theory.

Urge the same inference from the origin and structure of human bodies. ' His style of argument on the evidence of design in the human structure may be seen from this passage on the organism of the heart:— ' If we consider the heart, which is supposed to be the first principle of motion and life, and divide it by our imagination into its constituent parts, its arteries, and veins, and nerves, and tendons, and membranes, and innumerable little fibres that these secondary parts do consist of, we shall find nothing here singular, but what is in any other muscle of the body.

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