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The Seven Follies of Science

John Phin (1830-1913)

1. 00 Preface
2. 01 Introductory Note
3. 02 Folly 1: Squaring the Circle Part 1
4. 03 Folly 1: Squaring the Circle Part 2
5. 04 Folly 2: The Duplication the Cube
6. 05 Folly 3: The Trisection of an Angle
7. 06 Folly 4: Perpetual Motion Part 1
8. 07 Folly 4: Perpetual Motion Part 2 - Absurdities
9. 08 Folly 4: Perpetual Motion Part 3 - Fallacies and Frauds
10. 09 Folly 5: The Transmutaion of Metals--Alchemy
11. 10 Folly 6: The Fixation of Mercury
12. 11 Folly 7: The Universal Medicine and the Elixir of Life
13. 12 Additional Follies: Perpetual Lamps, Alkahest, Palingenesy, and Sympathy
14. 13 The Fourth Dimension
15. 14 Space, Bootstraps, Spiders, Sun-dials, and Compasses
16. 15 Micrography
17. 16 Illusions of the Senses
18. 17 Seeing through a Hole in the Hand and a Brick
19. 18 Curious Arithmetical Problems
20. 19 Popular Fallacies and Common Errors: Accidental Discoveries and Steam Engines
21. 20 Popular Fallacies and Common Errors: Whetstones, Lightning, Fire, Volcanoes, and Dynamite
22. 21 Popular Fallacies and Common Errors: Copper, Steam, Vinegar, Lenses, Serpents, and Hair
23. 22 Popular Fallacies and Common Errors: Worms, Flies, Dragon Flies, and Powdered Glass
24. 23 Popular Fallacies and Common Errors: Age 21, Rules, Cinderella, Glass, and Frankenstein
25. 24 Words that Convey Erroneous Ideas and Knowledge is Power

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The seven follies of science; a popular account of the most famous scientific impossibilities and the attempts which have been made to solve them to which is added a small budget of interesting paradoxes, illusions, and marvels.