He had a science- the theory of oblique movements deduced by him from the history of Frederick the Great's wars, and all he came across in the history of more recent warfare seemed to him absurd and barbarous- monstrous collisions in which so many blunders were committed by both sides that these wars could not be called wars, they did not accord with the theory, and therefore could not serve as material for science.
In 1806 Pfuel had been one of those responsible, for the plan of campaign that ended in Jena and Auerstadt, but he did not see the least proof of the fallibility of his theory in the disasters of that war.
And without letting Levin finish explaining his idea, Metrov began expounding to him the special point of his own theory
A third and better theory
was advanced by Chamisso, who thought that from the corals growing more vigorously where exposed to the open sea, as undoubtedly is the case, the outer edges would grow up from the general foundation before any other part, and that this would account for the ring or cup-shaped structure.
, in so far as it professes to be an adequate explanation of "mysterious disappearances," is open to many obvious objections; to fewer as he states it himself in the "spacious volubility" of his book.
If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory
would absolutely break down.
Pleasure is the only thing worth having a theory
about," he answered in his slow melodious voice.
The reasons which I shall give against this theory
will be mainly derived from previous authors.
But I am glad now, that I was forced to father my intrepid theory
myself, for, on the night of which I am writing, it was triumphantly justified and established.
I hastened to ask him a question because I wanted to try out a theory
And now, what deep, far-reaching Theory
was he to construct from them?
My dear young lady," he said, "you do not understand how important even the point of view of another person is to a man who is struggling to build up a theory