A System of the Creation of Our Globe, of the Planets, and the Sun of Our System; Founded on the First Chapter of Genesis, on the Geology of the Earth, and on the Modern Discoveries in That Science, and the Known Operations of the Laws of

A System of the Creation of Our Globe, of the Planets, and the Sun of Our System; Founded on the First Chapter of Genesis, on the Geology of the Earth, and on the Modern Discoveries in That Science, and the Known Operations of the Laws of

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...the waters rise as the moon approaches the earth, and recede as she retires from it, may not this phenomenonarise from the pressure exerted on the aariform matter above mentioned by the moon, on its approach to the earth, which pressure, at length reaching our atmosphere, presses on it also, and thereby on the waters of the ocean, causing them to rise and fall proportionably, and to occasion the Spring, Neap and daily Tides? _ Should we not also have, by the same theory, a plain and simple way of accounting for the great principle of attraction in the heavenly bodies? That, by a power similar to that which propels bodies forward on the earth, seas and atmosphere, namely, the wind; so the heavenly bodies are propelled from their right line, and driven round their central sun by this mighty current of aeriform gases in their courses towards the sun; (See Note 6th to the 2d Edition at the-end of the Book-) I--Allowing the projectile force, (by which I understand Sir Isaac Newtonto have meant the primary projectile force directly given to the heavenly bodies by their Creator) and thel. attractive force of the sun, to be the causes of the, nearly, circular motions of the planets, still it appears to me clear, that this projectile I force must be something very different from the spe_cies of impelling' force' which Paley, in his "'_Natural Theology," speaks of in page 390 of that lwork. " It it were possible," he says, " to fire off a-'cannon-ball with the velocity of five miles a second, and the resistance of the air could be taken away, the cannon-ball would for ever wheel round the earth, instead of falling down to it." Now, if the ball were fired off in a direction due north, it'is...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236909240
  • 9781236909244