Henry Adams

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In existographies, Henry Brooks Adams (117-37 BE) (1838-1918 ACM) (IQ:195|#23) (RGM:675|1,350+) (PR:35,130|65AE / writer:3,330) (GHE:1) (SN:2) (FET:5) (CR:568) (LH:6) (TC:572|#6) was an American historian and philosopher, noted for []

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Adams is not to be confused with Brooks Adams, his older brother.

Quotes

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Henry Adams was the preeminent voice of ‘social thermodynamics’. His collected essays in The Education of Henry Adams on: ‘the Dynamo and the Virgin’ (1900), ‘The Grammar of Science’ (1903), and a ‘Dynamical Theory of History’ (1904) were exemplary.”
Paul Staiti (2001), “Winslow Homer and the Drama of Thermodynamics” (pg. 12)[1]

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“The truth is, every thing in this universe has its regular waves and tides.[2] Electricity, sound, the wind, and I believe every part of organic nature will be brought someday within this law. The laws which govern animated beings will be ultimately found to be at bottom the same with those which rule inanimate nature, and as I entertain a profound conviction of the littleness of our kind, and of the curious enormity of creation, I am quite ready to receive with pleasure any basis for a systematic conception of it all. I look for regular tides in the affairs of man, and, of course, in our own affairs. In ever progression, somehow or other, the nations move by the same process which has never been explained but is evident in the oceans and the air. On this theory I should expect at about this time, a turn which would carry us backward.”
— Henry Adams (1863), “Letter to Charles Gaskell”, Oct[3]
“A dynamic law requires that two massesnature and man – must go on, reacting upon each other, without stop, as the sun and comet react on each other, and that any appearance of stoppage is illusive.”
— Henry Adams (1907), The Education of Henry Adams (pg. 478); cited by Paul Staiti (2001) in "Winslow Homer and the Drama of Thermodynamics" (pg. 11) [4]
Goethe was raised to the rank of Shakespeare.”
— Henry Adams (1907), The Education of Henry Adams (pg. #)
“The solution of mind is certainly in the magnet.”
— Henry Adams (1908), “Letter to Charles Gaskell” (Sep 27)[5]
Power works weird effects on our original sinful nature!”
— Henry Adams (1909), “Letter to Mary Cadwalader Jones”, Mar 6[6]
“If thought is capable of being classified with electricity, or will with chemical affinity, as a mode of motion, it seems necessary to fall at once under the second law of thermodynamics. Of all possible theories, this is likely to prove the most fatal to professors of history.”
— Henry Adams (1910), A Letter to American Teachers of History (pg. #)[7]

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References

  1. Staiti, Paul. (2001). “Winslow Homer and the Drama of Thermodynamics” (abs) (pg. 11), American Art, 15(1):11-33.
  2. Adams creed – Hmolpedia 2020.
  3. (a) Adams, Henry. (1863). “Letter to Charles Gaskell”, Oct.
    (b) Adams, Henry. (1982). The Letters of Henry Adams, Volume One: 1858-1868 (editor: Jacob Levenson) (pgs. 395-96). Harvard University Press.
    (c) Stevenson, Elizabeth. (1997). Henry Adams: a Biography (pg. 69). Transaction Publishers.
    (d) Taylor, Matthew A. (2008). Universes Without Selves: Cosmologies of the Non-Human in American Literature (pg. 108), PhD dissertation, Johns Hopkins University. ProQuest, 2009.
    (e) Taylor, Matthew. (2013). Universes Without Us: Posthuman Cosmologies in American Literature (GB) (pg. #). University of Minnesota.
  4. (a) Adams, Henry. (1907). The Education of Henry Adams (pg. 478). Publisher
    (b) Staiti, Paul. (2001). “Winslow Homer and the Drama of Thermodynamics” (abs) (pg. 11), American Art, 15(1):11-33.
    (c) Quote (2019) - Reddit | Hmolpedia.
  5. (a) Adams, Henry. (1908). “Letter to Charles Gaskell”, Sep 27.
    (b) Adams, Henry. (1992). Henry Adams: Selected Letters (editor: Ernest Samuels) (pg. 505). Harvard.
  6. (a) Adams, Henry. (1909). “Letter to Mary Cadwalader Jones”, Mar 6
    (b) Smith, Crosbie; Higginson, Ian. (2001). “Consuming Energies: Henry Adams and the Tyranny of Thermodynamics” (abs), Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 26(2):103-11.
  7. Adams, Henry. (1910). A Letter to American Teachers of History (pdf) (will, pgs. 101-102). Washington.

Videos

  • Anon. (2012). “Adams Memorial” (YT), C-Span, Jul 20.

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