Machinery of the Heavens; A System of Physical Astronomy

Machinery of the Heavens; A System of Physical Astronomy

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...Oftentimes when we start out on a mission we do not anticipate what our labors will be before we are through. I believe that all branches of science are to the ambition what all lines of trades, occupations, virtues and vices are. When we get really started in a course, and as we proceed, are all the while finding new hope and the expectation of joy and gain, there often becomes in our minds an ungovernable desire to go on. A person may be led to a great fountain of that precious metal gold, by simply discovering a little of its dust; and, on the contrary, by a disco very of a little of this precious dust, one may be led to the bottom of an empty, -worthless pit, in the digging of which he has forsaken friends, spent his fortune and wasted his life. But whether success crowns our effort or not, there is a duty each of us owe to ourselves and mankind, and that duty is to "do something." That high prerogative and universal privilege, which we are all favored with, is that, we all have the right to labor, "we all have the liberty to dig." One of my first undertakings in the study of physical astronomy was to discover a natural law that would cause the Earth to rotate on its axis in the direction it now is rotating. All was blank and dark at first; but by-and-bye the light of reason shone out upon this dark chaos of confusion, and I was able at length to give a reasonable answer for the axial motion of our sphere. From this axial motion of our globe I went with our planet in its orbit to find why it had an orbital motion, and when I had fully satisfied my mind, as to what was the cause of its orbital motion, I left this sphere for other worlds, going on and on from one part of this wonderful machine to another, until I had traced...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236633849
  • 9781236633842