Memoirs of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester

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The Society, 1862
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Page 48 - For since colours are the qualities of light, having its rays for their entire and immediate subject, how can we think those rays qualities also, unless one quality may be the subject of and sustain another; which in effect is to call it substance. We should not know bodies for substances, were it not for their sensible qualities, and the principal of those being now found due to something else, we have as good reason to believe that to be a substance also.
Page 47 - ... colours in the object are nothing but a disposition to reflect this or that sort of rays more copiously than the rest; passing in rays, they merely propagate this or that motion into the sensor!
Page 47 - And if at any time I speak of Light and Rays as coloured or endued with Colours, I would be understood to speak not philosophically and properly, but grossly, and accordingly to such Conceptions as vulgar People in seeing all these experiments would be apt to frame. For the Rays to speak properly are not coloured. In them there is nothing else than a certain Power and Disposition to stir up a Sensation of this or that Colour.
Page 27 - As we ascend in the atmosphere, the deepness of the blue tinge gradually dies away ; and to the aeronaut who has soared above the denser strata, or to the traveller who has ascended the Alps or the Andes, the sky appears of a deep black, while the blue rays find a ready passage through the attenuated strata of the atmosphere.
Page 214 - ... the higher parts. There is hardly a district in Upper Styria where you will not find arsenic in at least one house, under the name of hydrach. They use it for the complaints of domestic animals, to kill vermin, and as a stomachic to excite an appetite. I saw one peasant show another on the point of a knife how much arsenic he took daily, without which, he said, he could not live ; the quantity I should estimate at two grains.
Page 51 - And are not these vibrations propagated from the point of incidence to great distances? And do they not overtake the rays of light, and by overtaking them successively do they not put them into the fits of easy reflection and easy transmission described above?
Page 210 - Eoscoe stated that all the letters received from the medical men in Styria agree in acknowledging the general prevalence of a belief that certain persons are in the habit of continually taking arsenic in quantities usually supposed sufficient to produce death. Many of the reporting medical men had no experience of the practice ; others describe certain cases of arsenic...
Page 47 - tis a Sense of that Motion under the Form of Sound ; so Colours in the Object are nothing but a Disposition to reflect this or that sort of Rays more copiously than the Rest; in the Rays they are nothing but their Dispositions to propagate this or that Motion into the Sensorium, and in the Sensorium they are Sensations of those Motions under the Forms of Colours.
Page 48 - But, to determine more absolutely what light is, after what manner refracted, and by what modes or actions it produces in our minds the phantasms of colours, is not so easy. And I shall not mingle conjectures with certainties.
Page 233 - ... cherished as true, to disinfect whole cities by beginning with the sewers, the origin and reservoir of all the mischief The author believes that he has shown that decomposition, to a most pernicious extent, is possible in soils ; that this is not a mere opinion, but a fact readily demonstrated ; but that decomposition may be arrested artificially to the preservation of health without the destruction of vegetation ; and that in these facts we have not only a surer basis in our reasonings on the...

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