THE fortunate organization of higher studies in the University of Neuchatel1 has, for many years, given M. Arnold Reymond the opportunity of teaching the history of science in a course followed both by the students of the Faculté des Lettres and those of the Faculté des Sciences. That portion of this course which relates to antiquity is the subject of the present publication. Its merits are so apparent and so real that it would be superfluous to insist upon them.
From the first pages of the book it can be seen with what skill M. Reymond has extricated himself from the learned controversies which the historian must have mastered in order to arrive at truths so deeply hidden to-day; with what honesty in his references, with what certainty in his choice of details, he retains, in the most simple and clear manner, whatever can effectively give the reader food for thought and help him to revive in all its depth and integrity that ancient Western civilization, the perspective of which is often spoiled and distorted by a purely literary tradition.
Many great names in the realm of science are also great names in philosophy. However, there is ground for distinction between work of a purely scientific order and speculations having a universal bearing. M. Reymond has striven to define the distinction and to keep as much as possible within the philosophic limit, so that his book, far from covering the same ground as____________________