A History of the Royal Society with Memoirs of the Presidents Volume 1

A History of the Royal Society with Memoirs of the Presidents Volume 1

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ... new establishment some astronomical instruments, which F lamsteed required. The Minutes record: --"it was ordered, that the astronomical instruments belonging to the Society be lent to the Observatory at Greenwich, and that Mr. Hooke's new quadrant be forthwith finished at the charges of the Society." Bearing in mind the apathetic conduct of the King towards the Royal Society, it will not appear extraordinary that the Observatory, so hurriedly established, was left for a period of nearly fifteen years without a single instrument being furnished by Government." Sir Jonas Moore provided Flamsteed with a sextant, two clocks," a telescope, and some books; all the other instruments, excepting the foregoing, and those "" It is curious, though not gratifying, to contrast the noble manner in which Louis XIV. patronized science, with that of Charles the Second. In 1706, a solar eclipse occurred, when, says. Fontenelle in the Histoire de l'Academie Royale ales Sciences, "Le Roi coulut voirfaire les observations par (les Astronomes dc l' Academie, et pour cela M. Cassini le fils, et M. de la Hire le fils, allerent ti Marly avec tous les instruments necessaires. Toute la maison royale et toute la cour furent temoins a'es operations, et Monseigneur le Due de Bourgogne, quifait bien coir que les sciences peucent troucer lear place parmi les occupations des plus grands princes, cletermina lui merne plusieurs phases." p. 114. ' "" Under the date of Dec. 9, 1736, the following entry occurs in the Journal-book: --" Mr. Hodgson made a present of the late Mr. Flamsteed's Clock, which, in his time, stood in the great room of the Royal Observatory...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907566
  • 9781236907561