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21 June 2009 @ 09:45 pm
Electricity in the Enlightenment - Word & Notions List  
An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment by Patricia Fara

acrimonious bitter in manner or temper
American Philosophical Society http://www.amphilsoc.org/ founded by Benjamin Franklin
consonant consistent; in agreement or harmony
contravene infringe (a law or code of conduct)
contrivance
  1. something contrived, esp. a mechanical device or a plan
  2. an act of contriving, esp. deceitfully
  3. inventive capacity
corpuscle a minute body or cell in an organism, esp. the red or white cells in the blood of vertebrates
hagiography the writing of the lives of saints
inculcate urge or impress (a fact, habit, or idea) persistently
Leyden jar an early form of capacitor consisting of a glass jar with layers of metal foil on the outside and inside
The London Electric Dispensary WikiPedia doesn't have an article on this place. Someone should write it. The name alone makes me want to write stories, and re-watch Return to Oz.
mastoid a conical prominence on the bone behind the ear to which muscles are attached
mezzotint a method of printing or engraving in which the surface of a plate is roughened by scraping so that it produces tones and halftones
phlogiston a substance formerly supposed to exist in all combustible bodies, and to be released in combustion
polemic
  1. a controversial discussion
  2. a verbal or written attack, esp. on a political opponent
rationcinate go through logical processes of reasoning, esp. using syllogisms
    syllogism a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from two given or assumed propositions (premises)
sophistry the use of sophism
    sophism a false argument, esp. one intended to deceive
tetanus a bacterial disease affecting the nervous system and marked by tonic spasm of the voluntary muscles
    tonic anything serving to invigorate
torpor torpidity
    torpid sluggish; inactive; dull; apathetic; numb; dormant
torsion twisting, esp. of one end of a body while the other is held fixed
valetudinarian a person of poor health or unduly anxious about health
vitreous of, or of the nature of, glass
The Young Gentlemen's and Ladies Philosophy p. 12 "In each chapter, the knowledgeable Cleonicus patronisingly explains the rudiments of a different branch of natural philosophy, the study of nature. By using terms so simple that even [his sister, Euphrosyne] can be expected to understand them, this artificial dialogue implicitly advertises that natural philosophy can be understood by everyone."

© 1998 DK Illustrated Oxford Dictionary

Can you give me an example of a syllogism? I'm not sure I understand that one yet.
 
 
 
Laurendj_stitch on June 22nd, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
A categorical syllogism:

All mammals are animals. (major premise)
Cats are mammals. (minor premise)
Therefore, cats are animals. (conclusion)
Kburgunder on June 22nd, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
Ah! Thank you :)