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Now, figure it seems just as evident that a curvilinear it is not not composed of rectangles, as that is composed of right lines. Yet Pascal, the great dis- oiple, adopted this supposition as the only apparent means of escape from the absurdity imputed to that of the master, and he pointed to the perfect accuracy of his conclusions as a proof of the truth of his hypothesis. For, strange to say, the sum of the rectangles, sum of the lines, was found to be exactly as well as the equal to the area of the curvilinear figure.

For, after having demonstrated in a clear and easy way the theorems in the elements of geometry, the fundamental principle of limits, as above conceived, carries its light into analytical geometry into the transcendental analysis. It is, indeed, and a stream of light which comes lysis, properly understood, and down from that ana- irradiates the lower branches of mathematical science, somewhat as the sun illuminates the planets. If the student will only familiarize his mind with that principle and its appli- THE PHILOSOPHY OF MATHEMATICS.

But striking illustrations of the truth with the notice of one in one of the books before me, I shall conclude this first chapter of my reflections. It is expressly denied in the book referred to that a polygon can ever be made to coincide with a circle. " can be made An inscribed the polygon, says author, approach as nearly as we please to equality with the circle, but can never entirely reach it" * Accord- to ingly, he defines the limit of a variable in general to be that constant magnitude which the variable can be * Bay's Plane and Solid Geometry, Art.

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