A Short History of Natural Science and of the Progress of Discovery: From the Time of the Greeks to the Present Day : for the Use of Schools and Young Persons

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D. Appleton, 1886 - 467 páginas

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Página 125 - Our business was (precluding matters of Theology and state affairs) to discourse and consider of Philosophical Enquiries, and such as related thereunto : as physick, anatomy, geometry, astronomy, navigation, staticks, magneticks, chymicks, mechanicks, and natural experiments ; with the state of these studies, as then cultivated at home and abroad.
Página 101 - ... that the squares of the periodic times of the planets are proportional to the cubes of their mean distances from the sun.
Página 125 - Saturn, the spots in the sun, and its turning on its own axis", the inequalities and selenography of the moon, the several phases of Venus and Mercury, the improvement of telescopes, and grinding of glasses for that purpose, the weight of air, the possibility, or impossibility of vacuities, and nature's abhorrence thereof, the Torricellian experiment in quicksilver, the descent of heavy bodies, and the degrees of acceleration therein ; and divers other things of like nature.
Página 234 - The feeling of it to my lungs was not sensibly different from that of common air ; but I fancied that my breast felt peculiarly light and easy for some time afterwards. Who can tell but that, in time, this pure air may become a fashionable article in luxury Hitherto only two mice and myself have had the privilege of breathing it."* * Dr.
Página 170 - I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

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