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Editors’ Note 5 on p.293 reads: “<i>Paradoxical Philosophy, a Sequel to the Unseen Universe</i> (1878); Cf Letter 394, n. 2.” That Note, Letters 2, p.141, refers to the passage written by RLS on Monday [7 June 1875] alluding to a review of the first book, of which this “new” one is the sequel; and it reads: “In the June [according to the Editors’ this was the June of 1875] <i>Fortnightly</i> W.K. Clifford reviewed <i>The Unseen Universe or Physical Speculations on a Future State </i>, an attempted reconciliation of science and religion, first published anonymously but later acknowledged to be by P.G. Tait and B.Stewart.”<br/> There is a reference to the two Tait and Stewart works in Gordon Booth of Edinburgh's contribution (p.17) to the Notes and Queries section of the G2 supplement of <i>The Guardian</i>, 7 July 2010: “[…] The most notable Victorian expression of the multiple universe notion was written by the physicists Peter Guthrie Tait of Edinburgh and Balfour Stewart of Manchester in their 1875 book, The Unseen Universe, which rapidly went through 17editions and postulated a succession of ever more ‘ethereal’ universes.<br/> “Without the slightest tangible evidence, the authors implied that the human soul followed this post-mortem pilgrimage and thereby attained a wholly non-material immortality. The Unseen Universe and its 1878 sequel, Paradoxical Philosophy, were brilliantly rubbished y the mathematician William Kingdom Clifford in the Fortnightly Review, while James Clerk Maxwell more gently chided the authors privately for ‘attempting to go beyond the range of science’”.

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