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    Philip Henry Wicksteed (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1888. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PREFACE Dear Reader--I venture to discard the more stately forms of prcfaco which alone are considered suitable for a serious work, and to address a few words of direct appeal to yon. An enthusiastic but candid friend, to whom I showed these pages in proof, dwelt in glowing terms on tho pleasure and profit that my reader would derive from them, 'if only ho survived the first cold plunge into 'functions.'' Another equally candid friend to whom I reported the remark exclaimed, 'Survive it indeed! Why, what on earth is to induce him to take it?' Much counsel was offered me as to tho best method of inducing him to take this 'cold plunge,' tho substanco of which counsel may be found at the beginning of the poems of Lucretius and Tasso, who have given such exquisite expression to the theory of 'sugaring tho pill' which their works illustrate. But I am no Lucretius, and have no power, even had I the desire to disguise the fact that a firm grasp of the elementary truths of Political Economy cannot bo got without the same kind of severe and sustained mental application which is necessary in all other serious studies. At the same time I am awaro that forty pages of almost unbroken mathematies may seem to many readers a most unnecessary introduction to Economies, and it is impossible that the beginner should see their bearing upon the subject until he has mastered and applied them. Some impatience, therefore, may naturally be expected. To remove this impatience, I can but express my own profound conviction that the beginner who has mastered this mathematical introduction will have solved, before he knows that he has even met them, some of the most crucial problems of Political Economy on which the foremost Economists have disputed unavailingly for generations for ...
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