Astronomy and General Physics Considered with Reference to Natural Theology. 3. Ed. London 1834

Astronomy and General Physics Considered with Reference to Natural Theology. 3. Ed. London 1834

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...first fact which can be traced in.the-history of the world, is that " there was light;" we shall still be led, even by-our natural reason, to suppose that before this could occur, " God said, let there be light." CHAPTER VIII. The Existence of a Resisting Ziledium in the Solar System. THE question of a plenum and a vacuum was formerly much debated among those who speculated concerning the-constitution of the universe; that is, they disputed whether the celestial and terrestrial spaces are absolutely full, each portion being occupied by some matter or other; or whether there are, between and among the material parts of the world, empty spaces free from all matter, however 1'-are. This question was often treated by means of abstract conceptions and (2 priori reasonings; and was sometimes considered as one in which the result of the struggle between rival systems of philosophy, the Cartesian and Newtonian for instance, was involved. It was conceived by some that the Newtonian doctrine of the motions of the heavenly bodies, according to mechanical laws, required that the space in which they moved should be, absolutely and metaphysically speaking, a vacuum. ' This, however, is not necessary to the truth of the Newtonian doctrines, and does not appear to have been intended to be asserted by Newton himself. Undoubtedly, according to his theory, the motions of the heavenly bodies were calculated on the supposition that they do move in a space void of any resisting fluid; and the comparison of the places so calculated with the places actually observed, (continued for a long course of years, and tried in innumerable cases, ) did not show any difference which implied the existence of a resisting fluid. The Newtonian, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236919076
  • 9781236919076