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George Farrer Rodwell
(1843 - 1 Jun 1905)

educator and writer who was a science master in Marlborough College. He wrote articles for the Dictionary of National Biography, and several books, including A Dictionary of Science (1873), The Birth of Chemistry (1874) and Etna: A History Of The Mountain And Of Its Eruptions (1878).

Science Quotes by George Farrer Rodwell (2 quotes)

If we peep into Dom Claude’s cell, we are introduced to a typical alchemist’s laboratory—a gloomy, dimly-lighted place, full of strange vessels, and furnaces, and melting-pots, spheres, and portions of skeletons hanging from the ceiling; the floor littered with stone bottles, pans, charcoal, aludels, and alembics, great parchment books covered with hieroglyphics; the bellows with its motto Spira, Spera; the hour-glass, the astrolabe, and over all cobwebs, and dust, and ashes. The walls covered with various aphorisms of the brotherhood; legends and memorials in many tongues; passages from the Smaragdine Table of Hermes Trismegistus; and looming out from all in great capitals, ’ANAΓKH.
— George Farrer Rodwell
In The Birth of Chemistry (1874), 100.
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Step by step we cross great eras in the development of thought: there is no sudden gigantic stride; a theory proceeds by slow evolution until it dominates or is destroyed.
— George Farrer Rodwell
In 'Theory of Phlogiston', The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science (Jan 1868), 35, 28-29.
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