This collection of essays provides a comprehensive view of the economic
thought of the Scottish Enlightenment. Organized as a chronological account of
the rise and progress of political economy in eighteenth-century Scotland, each
chapter discusses the way in which the moral and economic improvement of the
Scottish nation became a common concern.
In our quest to elucidate the origin of the universe and the formation of
galaxies, particularly that of the Milky Way in which we live, astounding
progress has been made in recent years through observational and theoretical
studies. Not only have gigantic surveys covering a large fraction of the sky
brought statistics enlightening evolutionary paths of galaxies, but powerful
instruments, such as radio interferometers and ground- and space-based optical/
infrared telescopes, have been able to map individual objects with high
sensitivity and spatial resolution.
The best things in my Ufe have come to me by accident and this book
results from one such accident: my having the opportunity, out of the
blue, to go to work as H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.'s, research assistant at
the Institute for the Medical Humanities in the University of Texas Medical
Branch at Galveston, Texas, in 1974, on the recommendation of our
teacher at the University of Texas at Austin, Irwin C. Lieb. During that
summer Tris "lent" me to Chester Bums, who has done important scholarly
work over the years on the history of medical ethics....
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