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UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY OF KNOWLEDGE,
on an Original Plan :
COMPRISING THE TWOFOLD ADVANTAGE OF
A PHILOSOPHICAL AND AN ALPHABETICAL ARRANGEMENT,
WITH APPROPRIATE ENGRAVINGS.
THE REV. EDWARD S MEDLEY, M. A.,
LATE FELLOW OF SIDNEY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE ;
THE REV. HUGH JAMES ROSE, B. D.,
PRINCIPAL OF KING'S COLLEGE, LONDON ;
THE REV. HENRY JOHN ROSE, B.D.,
LATE FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
[PURE SCIENCES, Vol. 1.]
AND J. AND J. J. DEIGHTON, CAMBRIDGE.
GENERAL INTRODUCTION. A PRELIMINARY TREATISE ON METHOD. By S. T. COLERIDGE, Esq.
DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS . By A. LEVY, Esq., M.A., F.G.S., Lecturer on Natural Philosophy and Mathe
matics in the University of Liege
As the Encyclopædia Metropolitana is now placed before the public as a complete work, it appears essential to offer a few remarks on the objects proposed in this great undertaking, and the manner in which its early professions have been realized. The Prospectus, written by the late eminent poet and philosopher, S. T. Coleridge, and Dr. Stoddart, and the Introductory Essay on the Principles of Method, which accompanied the first part of the work, sufficiently explain the plan on which it was intended to conduct the Encyclopædia. The scheme put forth in those two remarkable productions certainly proceeded on a more enlarged and philosophical view, both of the general relations existing between different branches of human knowledge, and of the proper mode of exhibiting those relations and the principles of each science in an Encyclopædia, than had ever formed the basis of any
similar work. A very brief historical notice respecting Encyclopædias will confirm this assertion.
“ With the Ancients,” it was remarked in the Prospectus, “the term ENCYCLOPÆDIA explained itself. It was really Instruction in a Cycle, i. e., the cycle of the seven liberal Arts and Sciences that constituted the course of education for the higher class of citizens; grammar being the first, and each of the others having its particular place in the cycle determined by its dependency on the preceding." No work of this nature, however, has descended to us from ancient times, although the name of Encyclopædia has sometimes been applied to the Antiquities of Varro and the Historia Naturalis of Pliny. Speusippus, the Academic, and Aristotle, in his last work on the Sciences (Tepi éLot"uwv), are referred to by Krug* as having been amongst the earliest compilers of similar works. But in the Middle Ages they were not uncommon under the title of Summa, Specula, &c. One of
* In his Philosophical Lexicon.