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This notion is plausible in a merely hydrostatical point of view, and is supposed to have been adopted by most of the Fellows of Trinity, but certainly not by Thorp, who is one of the most amiable of their number.
This is distinctly recognized by Pliny,  though their common use of aqueducts, in preference to pipes, has led to a supposition that this great hydrostatical principle was unknown to them.
Mr Ivory, who had a good many years before made himself favourably known as a mathematician, especially by his acquaintance with Laplace's peculiar analysis, had adopted (as not unfrequently happens) some singular hydrostatical theories.
Paschasius, bishop of Vienne, was warned by an angel to watch on the banks of the Rhône, and so rescued the head and trunk of the soldier-martyr, which had been cast into the river at Agaunum (S. Maurice in Valais), and had floated down -- probably on sounder hydrostatical principles than the 'Floating Martyr' -- through the Lake of
Archimedes; and while he was studying the hydrostatical treatise  of the Syracusan philosopher, he wrote his essay on the hydrostatical balance,  in which he describes the construction of the instrument, and the method by which Archimedes detected the fraud committed by the jeweller in the composition of Hiero's crown.
Coins dis - tinguished hy the hydrostatical balance,
a merely hydrostatical point of view, and is supposed to have been adopted by most of the Fellows of Trinity, but certainly not by Thorp, who is one of the most amiable of their number.