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The Coefficient of Restitution

Gene Greigh

copyright MMXII

According to [historians of democratic ages], each nation is indissolubly bound by its position, its origin, its antecedents, and its character, to a certain lot which no efforts can ever change… To their minds it is not enough to show what events have occurred: they would fain show that events could not have occurred otherwise. They take a nation arrived at a certain stage of its history, and they affirm that it could not but follow the track which brought it thither. It is easier to make such an assertion than to show how the nation might have adopted a better course.”

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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