Astronomy and Gology Compared

Astronomy and Gology Compared

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...ten years from 1840 to 1850 that our principal lines were completed. Since that time these mighty works of human skill and power have been extended with wonderful rapidity. Kailways traverse, more or less completely, every country in Europe. The great Continent of North America is intersected by them. In India they are in course of construction. 'We may safely assume, however the process may be delayed by the immense amount of Capital they require in their formation, that another half century will see them everywhere co-extensive with European civilisation, and bringing new regions and semi-barbarous peoples under their beneficial and humanising influences. The progress of Steam Navigation, as it was earlier in date, and is created with less amount of Capital, has been still more generally diffused. Ships navigated by Steam, either wholly or in combination with sails, traverse every sea and ascend' every river. They are to be found in the Chinese waters, the Eastern Archipelago, the Caspian Sea, and the Eiver Wolga No one whose attention is alive to the present temper of the times can fail to remark that this idea of Progress has acquired a predominance over the public mind which it never before exercised. It has become in itself a moving force in human affairs. I mean that the universal impression that great changes are taking place, and that Progress is a law of Nature, has in itself an active influence. There is, however, something vague and indefinite in the current impressions which are so widely scattered throughout all classes of the community. Men echo the phrases, 'The Progress of Society, ' 'The Advance of Civilisation, ' 'This is an Age of Progress.' They use these general expressions without any very distinct or accurate sense of their...
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665160X
  • 9781236651600