Popular Astronomy; A Review of Astronomy and Allied Sciences Volume 3-4

Popular Astronomy; A Review of Astronomy and Allied Sciences Volume 3-4

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... appeared to be rather greater than those of ray own visual observations of the same star, made by the Argelander method. A word as to publication. If you have any results which may be of value, by all means make them public, in such scientific publications as you may have access to; not in the daily presp which would be equivalent to burying them, or at any rate would greatly discredit them; the notoriety of a newspaper astronomer is very hard to live down in scientific circles. Put your results in concise, clear and simple language, stating all the facts of interest and possible value. Any attempt at fine writing or flowery stle is as much out of place in reporting scientific work as it would be in a mathematical formula. As a general thing, the amateur had better leave the drawing of inferences from his work to those of more extended experience and knowledge of the subject. There is one practice among amateur observers, which seems to be becoming rather common here, and which I would distinctly deprecate. It is that of sending to some paper or periodical a report of one or two detached observations of some well known variable. Usuallv no authorities for the magnitudes accompany these notices, and they are of no earthly value to any one, while they waste three valuable things, to wit: time, paper and the reader's patience. This is the sort of thing much indulged in on the pages of certain foreign reports and periodicals, and especially by correspondents of the English Mechanic, and has succeeded in gaining for some of the more usual transgressors the distinction of having any announcement of theirs, which from time to time succeeds in getting into astronomical publications of some authority, distinctly and pointedly disregarded. This is...show more

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  • Paperback | 434 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 771g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236905539
  • 9781236905536