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The A B C of Finance

Simon Newcomb (author)

A popularization of economic ideas which Newcomb wrote for Harpers Magazine.

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The Advancement of Learning

Sir Francis Bacon (author)

The first of Bacon’s writings on the nature of science and the scientific method. He also had a view of the unity of knowledge, both scientific and non-scientific.


Edward Gibbon (author)

Shortly after Gibbon finished his magnum opus on the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire he wrote the first draft of his autobiography in 1788. It is an important chronicle of intellectual life in the late 18th century.

A Collection of Tracts, 2 vols. (1751)

Thomas Gordon (author)

A two part collection of essays by Trenchard and Gordon which includes essays on standing armies, religion, British politics, and economics.

Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects (1861, 1911)

Herbert Spencer (author)

The President of Harvard University has some positive things to say in his edition of Spencer’s writings on education. In addition to republishing 4 essays which first appeared in the 1850s, Eliot also includes other essays on…