The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Volume 12
Contains the proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Wernerian Natural History Society (Edinburgh), etc.
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Page 332 - our astronomical observer" at a salary of £100 per annum, his duty being "forthwith to apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying the tables of the motions of the heavens and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting the art of navigation.
Page 134 - Beyond this, dried fish, and here and there potatoes, supply the place of grain. The grains which extend farthest to the north in Europe are barley and oats. These, which in the milder climates are not used for bread, afford to the inhabitants of the northern parts of Norway and Sweden, of a part of Siberia and Scotland, their chief vegetable nourishment. Rye is the next which becomes associated with these. This is the prevailing grain in a great part of the northern temperate zone, namely, in the...
Page 135 - Japan, our northern kinds of grain are very unfrequent ; and rice is found to predominate. The cause of this difference between the east and the west of the Old Continent, appears to be in the manners and peculiarities of the peo•ple. In North America wheat and rye grow as in Europe, but more sparingly. Maize is more reared in the western than in the Old Continent, and rice predominates in the southern provinces of the United States.
Page 105 - In a very early stage of electro-magnetic experiments it had been suggested that an instantaneous telegraph might be established by means of conducting wires and compasses. The details of this contrivance are so obvious, and the principle on which it is founded so well understood, that there was only one question which could render the result doubtful ; and this was, — is there any diminution of effect by lengthening the conducting wire...
Page 402 - Phalerion, a painter, celebrated for his nervous representation of the awful and the tremendous, exerted his whole talent. But the flights of poetry can seldom bear to be shackled by . homely truth, and if we are to receive the fine imagery, that places the summit of this rock in clouds brooding eternal mists and tempests, — that represents it as inaccessible, even to a man provided with twenty hands and twenty feet, and immerses its base among ravenous sea-dogs ; — why not also receive the whole...
Page 186 - Aa (of the German scale} so regularly, that not a single note is wanting. It commonly sings each note four or five times over, and then proceeds imperceptibly to the following quarter-tone. It is usual to deny to the songsters of the American forests all melody and expression, and to allow them no pre-eminence but splendour of plumage. But if, in general, the pretty natives of the torrid zone are more distinguished by the beauty of their colours, than by fulness and power of note, and seem inferior...
Page 403 - Ulysses, with fancying it the scourge of seamen, and, that in a gale its caverns ' roar like dogs ; ' but I, as a sailor, never perceived any difference between the effect of the surges here, and on any other coast, yet I have frequently watched it closely in bad weather. It is now, as I presume it ever was, a common rock, of bold approach, a little worn at its base, and surmounted by a castle, with a sandy bay on each side.
Page 135 - Greece ; further, the countries of the East, Persia, northern India, Arabia, Egypt, Nubia, Barbary, and the Canary Islands ; in these latter countries, however, the culture of maize or rice, towards the south, is always more considerable, and in some of them several kinds of Sorghum (Doura) and Poa Abyssinica come to be added.
Page 345 - When the furrow is made, the male and female retire to a little distance, one to the one side and the other to the other side of the furrow : they then throw...
Page 403 - ... eddies. It is owing probably to the meeting of the harbour and lateral currents with the main one, the latter being forced over in this direction by the opposite point of Pezzo. This agrees in some measure with the relation of Thucydides, who calls it a violent reciprocation of the Tyrrhene and Sicilian seas ; and he is the only writer of remote antiquity I remember to have read, who has assigned this danger its true situation, and not exaggerated its effects.