The Observatory, Volume 32

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Editors of the Observatory, 1909
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Page 486 - All the world's bravery, that delights our eyes, Is but thy several liveries ; Thou the rich dye on them bestow'st, Thy nimble pencil paints this landscape as thou go'st. A crimson garment in the rose thou wear'st ; A crown of studded gold thou bear'st ; The virgin-lilies, in their white, Are clad but with the lawn of almost naked light.
Page 460 - President in an extremely clear and lucid manner, and he had much pleasure in proposing that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to him.
Page 9 - In the year 1888 there will be five eclipses, three of the Sun and two of the Moon. I. — A Total Eclipse of the Moon, January 29, visible at Washington and generally throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Page 345 - The size of these corpuscles is on an altogether different scale from that of atoms ; the volume of a corpuscle bears to that of the atom about the same relation as that of a speck of dust to the volume of this room. Under suitable conditions they move at enormous speeds which approach in some instances the velocity of light. "The discovery of these corpuscles is an interesting example of the way Nature responds to the demands made upon her by mathematicians. Some years before the discovery of corpuscles...
Page 466 - The riddle of the nebulae was solved. The answer, which had come to us in the light itself, read: Not an aggregation of stars, but a luminous gas.
Page 469 - That the establishment of a solar observatory is desirable, and that the Federal Government be strongly urged to assume the responsibility of carrying it into effect.
Page 343 - ... universities, and indeed in some quarters it seems to be held that the chief duty of a schoolmaster, and the best test of his efficiency, is to make his boys get scholarships. The preparation for the scholarship too often means that about two years before the examination the boy begins to specialise, and from the age of sixteen does little else than the subject, be it mathematics, classics, or natural science, for which he wishes to get a scholarship ; then, on entering the university, he spends...
Page 73 - At table I had very good discourse with Mr. Ashmole, wherein he did assure me that frogs and many insects do often fall from the sky, ready formed.
Page 346 - The ether is not a fantastic creation of the speculative philosopher; it is as essential to us as the air we breathe.... The study of this all-pervading substance is perhaps the most fascinating and important duty of the physicist.
Page 345 - Rutherford has shown that we can detect the presence of a single a particle. Now the a particle is a charged atom of helium ; if this atom had been uncharged we should have required more than a million million of them, instead of one, before we should have been able to detect them.

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