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Page 3 - Testimony before the joint commission to consider the present organizations of the Signal Service, Geological Survey, Coast and Geodetic Survey, and the Hydrographic Office of the Navy Department, with a view to secure greater efficiency and economy of administration of the public service in said bureaus...
Page 186 - The objects of the Association are, by periodical and migratory meetings, to promote intercourse between those who are cultivating science in different parts of the United States ; to give a stronger and more general impulse, and a more systematic direction, to scientific research in our country ; and to procure for the labors of scientific men increased facilities and a wider usefulness.
Page 404 - For my own part, therefore, I believe in the immortality of the soul, not in the sense in which I accept• the demonstrable truths of science, but as a supreme act of faith in the reasonableness of God's work.
Page 404 - The more thoroughly we comprehend that process of evolution by which things have come to be what they are, the more we are likely to feel that to deny the everlasting persistence of the spiritual element in Man is to rob the whole process of its meaning.
Page 417 - That the Conference proposes to the Governments here represented, the adoption of the meridian passing; through the centre of the transit instrument at the Observatory of Greenwich, as the initial meridian for longitude.
Page 177 - ... all the energy which, according to the first law of Thermo-dynamics, is resident in the coal. On a sounder view of the matter, the efficiency of the steam-engine is found to be so high, that there is no great margin remaining for improvement. The higher initial temperature possible in the gas-engine opens out much wider possibilities, and many good judges look forward to a time when the steam-engine will have to give way to its younger rival.
Page 406 - Wales offers its medal and a money-prize for the best communication (provided it be of sufficient merit) containing the results of original research or observation, upon each of the following subjects.
Page 237 - If true, this is an ultimate fact, neither more nor less difficult to comprehend than the nature of energy or matter in their ultimate analyses. But how is such an hypothesis to be reconciled with the facts of nature, where consciousness plays a part so infinitesimally small ? The explanation lies close at hand, and has already been referred to.
Page 437 - Smart before this conference, but which system is now inoperative for want of an appropriation by congress, meets with our cordial approval. To enable these protective measures to be carried out, we recommend that congress...