George Adams (1750-1795) Quote
The end of natural philosophy is to increase either the knowledge or power of man, and enable him to understand the ways and procedure of nature. By discovering the laws of nature, he acquires knowledge, and obtains power; for when these laws are discovered, he can use them as rules of practice, to equal, subdue, or even excel nature by art.
Lectures on Natural and Experimental Philosophy (Volume 2), Lecture XIV (pp. 100-101)