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The belief that all things are created solely for the utility of man has stained with many errors that most noble part of physics which deals with the ends of things.
I think that considerable progress can be made in the analysis of the operations of nature by the scholar who reduces rather complicated phenomena to their proximate causes and primitive forces, even though the causes of those causes have not yet been detected.
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Franz Ulrich Theodor Aepinus was a German and Russian Empire natural philosopher. Aepinus is best known for his researches, theoretical and experimental, in electricity and magnetism.
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