||Science and the making of Victoria
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Inaugural and Anniversary Addresses of the Royal Society
Inaugural Address, delivered by Mr. Justice Barry, President of the Institute, at the Opening Converzazione, 22nd Sept., 1854
Inaugural Address of the President, Captain Clarke, R. E., Surveyor-General, &c., &c.
Anniversary Address of the President, the Honourable Andrew Clarke, Captain R. E., M.P., Surveyor-General of Victoria, &c., &c., &c.
Anniversary Address of the President, His Honor Sir William Foster Stawell, Knight, Chief Justice of Victoria, &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Institute, 12th April, 1858]
Anniversary Address of the President, Ferdinand Mueller, Esq., Ph.D., M.D. F.R.G. and L.S., &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Institute, 28th March, 1859]
Address of the President, Ferdinand Mueller, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.G. & L.S., &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Institute at the Inauguration of the Hall, January 23rd, 1860.]
Inaugural Address of the President, His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly, K.C.B., &c., &c. [Delivered to the Members of the Royal Society, at the Anniversary Meeting held on the 10th April, 1860.]
Inaugural Address of the President, Captain Clarke, R. E., Surveyor-General, &c., &c. (continued)
If we look back upon the early history of the human family, when the arts of husbandry reigned alternatiely with those of warfare; and if we compare the comforts of life, and the means of intellectual enjoyment in those ages, with those of the present day, we shall perceive how vain it would be to attempt to measure the advantages which have resulted from the pursuit of knowledge and the study of the natural sciences.
An enumeration of the items which supply our daily wants, and minister to our enjoyments, would at once shew that the advantage which we thus possess, surround us so closely on every side, that, like the air we breathe, we direct to them the less attention on account of their invariable presence.
When we further note the amount of discovery and improvement which each age in the history of man has contibuted, it becomes apparent that the progress has partaken less of an arithmetical than a geometrical proportion. Each bravery has opened a wider field for new discoveries; improvement in one branch of knowledge has lent assistance to the development of every other, until the amelioration of the conditions of life, and the facilities of action have become such as to react, in no common degree, upon the available power of a single life devoted to the pursuit of truth.
Thus while a knowledge of the nature and origin of disease has afforded the means of prolonging the average duration of life, the appliances of locomotive printing and other machinery have made that life of thrice its former duration, measuring it by the scale of the number of events for which it is available.
But these extensive advances by no means shew reason for relaxing our efforts, for while we are daily encouraged by important discoveries and a nearer approach to long desired truths, we are at the same time obtaining sight of a more widely extended horizon.
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