## Mechanism of the Heavens |

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... they show that the fraction

... they show that the fraction

**expressing**it is comprised between the limits hy and 54 . It might be expected that the same compression should result from each , if the different methods of observation could be made without error . Page lxviii

The analytical

The analytical

**expression**for the gravitating force is a straight line ; the curves in which the celestial bodies move by the force of gravitation are only lines of the second order ; the attraction of spheroids according to any other ... Page 5

In general , a line

In general , a line

**expressing**the intensity of a force is taken in the direction of the force , beginning from the point of application . 17. Since motion is the change of rectilinear distance between Chap . Page 12

Su δε ; F F Su 2 are the

Su δε ; F F Su 2 are the

**expressions**of the resulting force F , resolved in directions parallel to the three co - ordinates ; hence Su dr δι F. ( H ) = 2 . F ( - ) ; F , ( H ) = 2 · F ( ~ ) ; F. ( H ) = Σ.F ( H ) Sz Sy Sy or if ... Page 18

In this case , the curve , or function

In this case , the curve , or function

**expressing**the curve , remains the same ; but in the other case , the form of the function whose maximum or minimum is required , is variable ; for , let M , N , fig . 16 , be any two given fig .### What people are saying - Write a review

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Page xviii - ... that the mean longitude of the first satellite, minus three times that of the second, plus twice that of the third, is always equal to two right angles.

Page vii - His works, but trace, with precision, the operation of His laws, use the globe he inhabits as a base wherewith to measure the magnitude and distance of the sun and planets, and make the diameter of the earth's orbit the first step of a scale by which he may ascend to the starry firmament. Such pursuits, while they ennoble the mind, at the same time inculcate humility, by showing that there is a barrier which no energy, mental or physical, can ever enable us to pass: that, however profoundly we may...

Page xv - That day, as other solemn days, they spent In song and dance about the sacred hill ; Mystical dance, which yonder starry sphere Of planets, and of fix'd, in all her wheels Resembles nearest, mazes intricate, Eccentric, intervolved, yet regular Then most, when most irregular they seem ; And in their motions harmony divine So smooths her charming tones, that God's own ear Listens delighted.

Page xlix - An account of experiments for determining the length of the pendulum vibrating seconds in the latitude of London.

Page lxiv - Jupiter ; it then gradually diminished in splendor, and having exhibited all the variety of tints that indicate the changes of combustion, vanished sixteen months after its discovery, without altering its position. It is impossible to imagine anything more tremendous than a conflagration that could be visible at such a distance.

Page xiv - But, in the midst of all these vicissitudes, the length of the major axes and the mean motions of the planets remain permanently independent of secular changes. They are so connected by Kepler's law, of the squares of the periodic times being proportional to the cubes of the mean distances of the planets from the sun, that one cannot vary without affecting the other.

Page lxix - If the attraction of the sun for the огпtre of the earth, and of the hemisphere diametrically opposite to him, were diminished by a difficulty in penetrating the interposed matter, the tides would be more obviously affected. Its attraction is the same also, whatever the substances of the celestial bodies may be; for if the action of...

Page vi - is to inspire the love of truth, of wisdom, of beauty — especially of goodness, the highest beauty — and of that supreme and eternal Mind, which contains all truth and wisdom, all beauty and goodness. By the love or delightful contemplation and pursuit of these transcendent aims, for their own sake only, the mind of man is raised from low and perishable objects, and prepared for those high destinies which are appointed for all those who are capable of them.

Page xii - ... depends upon the velocity with which they were first propelled in space. Had that velocity been such as to make the planets move in orbits of unstable equilibrium, their mutual attractions might have changed them into parabolas, or even hyperbolas, so that the earth and planets might, ages ago, have been sweeping far from our sun through the abyss of space.

Page xxxvi - ... the waters back to their sources ; and thus again by removing matter to a greater distance from the centre, destroy the velocity generated by its previous approach ; so that the descent of the rivers does not affect the earth's rotation.