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  • John Theodore Merz was a German British chemist, historian and industrialist. Merz was born in Manchester, England and educated at Göttingen, Heidelberg, and Bonn universities. Merz was Vice-Chairman of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Electric Supply Company, which he founded in 1889. He was chairman of the Tyneside Tramways and Tramroads Company and a member of the senate of Durham University. His four volume History of European Thought in the Nineteenth Century consummated William Whewell's History of the Inductive Sciences and The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, Founded Upon Their History as well as William Stanley Jevons' Principles of Science. Merz' first two volumes describe the development of mathematical and scientific thought, and the final two volumes depict the development of philosophy. Merz stated the following with reference to his history:

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