The former aimed rather at a statical, the present at a dynamical view of the same problem.
I am indebted to Sir E. Thorpe for a definition of statical.
The statical and dynamical forces of the intellect were said to be undeveloped, the animal propensities predominating.
The social ideal is doubly hypothetical, implying that all members of the society are good and that society is statical.
We can no more revert to the statical conception than we can turn back the sun in his course.
If our definition of morality is progressive and not statical, the good man must be he who leads the advance.
His services were as conspicuous in the statical as in the kinetical division of mechanics.
Mr. Clark is, indeed, barred out by his premises from any but a statical development of theory.
Poincar's "cataclysm" is for him merely a passage from a statical to a dynamical investigation.
The cell was for Schwann not a morphological concept at all, but a physiological; the cell was a dynamical, not a statical unit.
1640s (earlier statical, 1560s), "pertaining to the science of weight and its mechanical effects," from Modern Latin statica, from Greek statikos "causing to stand, skilled in weighing," from stem of histanai "to make to stand, set; to place in the balance, weigh," from PIE root *sta- "stand" (see stet). The sense of "having to do with bodies at rest or with forces that balance each other" is first recorded 1802. Applied to frictional electricity from 1839.
"random radio noise," 1912, from static (adj.). Figurative sense of "aggravation, criticism" is attested from 1926.
Noun Distortion or interruption of a broadcast signal, such as crackling or noise in a receiver or specks on a television screen, often produced when background electromagnetic radiation in the atmosphere disturbs signal reception or when there are loose connections in the transmission or reception circuits.
Complaints, back talk, trivial objections, etc: Here's the policy, and let's not have any static about it
[1953+; fr the atmospheric interference that makes unwanted noise in radio transmissions]