Some articles on dismal science, dismal:
... It is often stated that Carlyle gave economics the nickname "the dismal science" as a response to the late 18th century writings of The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus, who grimly predicted that starvation would ... Carlyle did indeed use the word 'dismal' in relation to Malthus' theory in his essay Chartism (1839) The controversies on Malthus and the 'Population Principle', 'Preventive Check' and ... Dreary, stolid, dismal, without hope for this world or the next, is all that of the preventive check and the denial of the preventive check ...
Famous quotes containing the words science and/or dismal:
“Science is a dynamic undertaking directed to lowering the degree of the empiricism involved in solving problems; or, if you prefer, science is a process of fabricating a web of interconnected concepts and conceptual schemes arising from experiments and observations and fruitful of further experiments and observations.”
—James Conant (18931978)
“My curiosity to see the melancholy spectacle of the executions was so strong that I could not resist it, although I was sensible that I would suffer much from it.... I got upon a scaffold near the fatal tree so that I could clearly see all the dismal scene.... I was most terribly shocked, and thrown into a very deep melancholy.”
—James Boswell (17401795)