Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society Volume . 36
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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...success in his arduous attempt it is needless for me to say. If we who cultivate the most precise and exact of the sciences may be permitted for a moment to give reins to o.:1' imaginations. let us conceive the shade of our inimitable Troughton revisiting our National Observatory, which in the earlier decades of our century was rendered by his genius, in an instrumental point of view, without a rival in Europe. How would he be astonished to find the grand old Transit, and the exquisite Mural Circle which his own hands had constructed with consummate skill, now hanging on the walls of Greenwich, in honoured repose, and replaced by one gigantic implement which he would be the first to say may well serve as a monument to the intellectual powers of the present Director, and as a record of that strong faith in the resources of his art which alone in the first instance could have inspired him with hardihood to design the instrument, and in the second could have armed him with perseverance to bring it to completion. With what curiosity would the shade of the great artist peer about the strange wires and springs which seem to encumber the eye-piece; and how great would be his surprise when told that along these wires, by the aid of a chemistry the most refined, a subtle influence is conveyed to a distant room which there records with infallible precision the very tenths of the seconds of time when each phenomenon is observed. And as he recognised the old faithful and familiar clock, how great would be his admiration when he learnt that it no longer beats in the impressive solitude ot' its former days, but, when hidden, transmits and records its every pulsation, with unerring and instantaneous certainty, now at Valentia, now at Paris, now at Berlin, now...
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