Descent into the Crater of Mount Vesuvius
Letter, Introduction; Extract, Miscellaneous
Vulcanology, Cultural Geography, Theology of Nature, Providence, Wonder, Feeling | Vulcanology, Heroism, Instruments, Observation, Chemistry, Mineralogy
Lazzaro Spallanzani , Dieudonné de G de Dolomieu , John Moore , William Hamilton , François R Houdouart , René A F de Réaumur
Journal de Physique
The author introduces the extract with unfavourable comments on the vain and irreligious attitudes of the Frenchmen who made the descent. He observes: 'I would rather stand upon the brink of the crater, with my heart elevated and expanded by a view of the greatness of God's works [...] than with the mind and motives of a philosophist, cultivate science in the very jaws of destruction' (19).
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