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By Dorothy Anderson

Starting his profession as a British physician significant in Afghanistan, George Scott Robertson stumbled on himself protecting Chitral citadel in 1895 opposed to a besieging strength of millions of tribesmen. He was once celebrated as a hero, yet this used to be just one bankruptcy in what was once a rare existence. vacationing in India, Canada and Kafiristan, he took half in different army expeditions at the Frontier, wrote a popular ethnography, 'The Kafirs of the Hindu Kush', and in later lifestyles grew to become a vociferous MP representing valuable Bradford, whos radical Liberal perspectives either happy and surprised his materials. Elegantly written and good researched from fabrics supplied by means of the Robertson family members, 'An not going Hero: George Scott Robertson' is the tale of an adventurer, ethnographer, soldier, doctor, businessman and flesh presser, with a purpose to be of curiosity to any pupil of the interval.

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1659. in Webster. "Henry More and Descartes", 375. 5. More, CSPW, IS, 59. 6. Ibid .. 61-2. Henry More and the limits of mechanism 33 7. More, Democritus Platonissans, sig. A2'-' 8. See further Gabbey, "Philosophia Cartesiana Triumphata", 190-3 (especially notes 36 & 37), 206-214. 9. 'Libere dicam quod sentio: omnes quotquot exstiterunt, aut etiamnum existunt, Arcanorum Naturae Antistites, si ad magnificam tuam indolem comparentur, Pumilos plane videri ac Pygmaeos ... Omnia profecto tam concinna in tuis Philosophiae Principiis, Dioptricis, & Meteoris, tamque pulchre sibi in ipsis naturaeque consona sunt, ut mens ratioque humana iucundius vix optaret laetiusve spectaculum'.

Let us turn to some instances of More's scepticism about mechanical explanations. In the letter of 23 July 1649,14 More takes up Descartes' claim in the Principles of Philosophy, Pt. IV, Art. '15 What about the well-known phenomenon of resonance, asks More, between stretched strings of equal length and with one string set at the octave? Nothing could be further from the possibility of mechanical explanation, insists More. 16 Book II of the Antidote against Atheisme (1653) contains several examples that re-appear in later writings.

IV, Art. '15 What about the well-known phenomenon of resonance, asks More, between stretched strings of equal length and with one string set at the octave? Nothing could be further from the possibility of mechanical explanation, insists More. 16 Book II of the Antidote against Atheisme (1653) contains several examples that re-appear in later writings. First, the inability of Descartes' vortex hypothesis to explain why bodies at the centre of vortices, such as the sun and stars, are not oblong rather than round.

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