The book contains an intellectualist, static, determinist, abstractive trend.
Weber had already laid the foundations of the absolute system of electric and magnetic measurement, and proved that a quantity of electricity could be measured either by the force it exercises upon another static or stationary quantity of electricity, or magnetically by the force this quantity of electricity exercises upon a magnetic pole when flowing through a neighbouring conductor.
The permanent character of ancient or medieval buildings was fitted only to a society dominated by static ideals.
It includes everything that undergoes change; and as modern science has shown that there is nothing absolutely static, therefore the whole universe, and every part of it, has its history.
The laws of equilibrium are, it is true, necessaril~ included as a particular case under those of motion; but ther is no real inconvenience in formulating as the basis of static a few provisional postulates which are afterwards seen to b comprehended in a more general scheme.