One of the great short masterpieces of nineteenth century thought physics and politics is in essence a brilliant essay in social psychology it defines with grim humor the conditions of stability and social progress physics in bagehots book refers to natural science politics to social science. Physics and politics 9 and thus to display if possible its manner of origin this is the more necessary with the lower animals where so much is innate 2 the special laws of inheritance are indeed as yet unknown all which is clear and all which is to my purpose is that there is a tendency a. Physics and politics or thoughts on the application of the principles of natural selection and inheritance to political society get access buy the print book check if you have access via personal or institutional login log in register recommend to librarian cited by 1 cited by 1. The world was changing at a blistering speed in bagehots day new scientific ideas were reshaping the world and every field of human inquiry was affected by this new interest in giving a full explanation for the history of everything in existence in this work first published in 1872 bagehot applies scientific ideas like survival of the fittest to the development of nations and government. Physics and politics has 22 ratings and 2 reviews robert said an interesting idea that swift action while useful in the past can be a liability in mo
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