Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society Volume 16

Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society Volume 16

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ... procuring a repetition of the experiment. After some delay, occasioned by the difficulty of procuring funds, and choosing a site, the construction of the necessary apparatus was commenced at the end of 1837. On a representation made by the Astronomer Royal, the Government, in the year just named, granted 5ool. for the purpose; and Mr. BAILY (to whom the conduct of the whole was intrusted) chose, after much deliberation, to make his own house the scene of operation. About 4ool. has been expended in the actual experiment; and it is right here to acknowledge the liberality of the present Government, which has sanctioned the application of tool. remaining out of the sum granted by the late Government, to the payment of part of the expense of printing the results. I could hardly undertake to make a description of the apparatus intelligible in little time, or without diagrams; but fortunately this attempt is rendered unnecessary by the fact of an abstract of Mr. BAlLY's paper having been for some months in the hands of the fellows of the Society. Keeping in view, then, the main point of the present address, I shall make some remarks upon the progress of the experiment, with reference to the justification of the decision of the Council, on which it will presently be my duty to present a gold medal to Mr. BAILY. And first, with regard to the responsibility which was imposed. It ought to be most distinctly understood, that the functions of the Committee appointed by the Council ceased as soon as the money was obtained for the expenses, and Mr. BA11.Y's offer of superintendence was accepted. Not one direction was given, not one single condition was imposed, not one syllable was put upon record by which failure, had it occurred, more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236939034
  • 9781236939036