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In constructing his theories he preferred not to rely on particular mechanical models of natural phe nomena. 8 No less a mechanist than his contemporaries in the Anglo-American school, Gibbs did believe that reduction to mechanics was the goal of physics. But he 7 Maxwell to Simon Newcomb, May 31, 1879, SN, Box 31. 8 T h e Collected Works of / . Willard Gibbs, ed. Henry A. Bumstead and Ralph G. ; New Haven, 1948), I, 63; II, 210, 246. The Flaws of American Physics | 33 insisted upon avoiding the construction of unnecessary hypotheses, mechanical or otherwise.
By the mid-1870s, cultivated America’s patronage of science was giving the subject an enormous academic boost. But among the bettereducated and higher-status public of the day, the expected result of the academic shift overshadowed the benefits to the scientific disciplines themselves. ”2 7 Quoted in Hugh Hawkins, Pioneer: A History of the Johns Hopkins University, 1814-1889 (Ithaca, 1960), p. 71. 8 Quoted in Richard Hofstadter and W alter P. Metzger, T h e Development of Academic Freedom in the United States (New York, 1955), p.
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The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America by Daniel J. Kevles