Annual Meetings: Proceedings Etc.]

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Page 13 - 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 9 - ... directed to the great luminary at the same instant. It may be, therefore, that these two gentlemen have actually witnessed the process of feeding the sun, by the fall of meteoric matter ; but, however this may be, it is a remarkable circumstance, that the observations at Kew show that on the very day, and at the very hour and minute of this unexpected and curious phenomenon, a moderate but marked magnetic disturbance took place ; and a storm, or great disturbance of the magnetic elements, occurred...
Page 16 - ... physical geography of the country, comprising both the filling up with sediment and drift, and the partial reexcavation of the valley, have happened since old river-beds were, at some former period, the receptacles of the worked flints. The number of these last, already computed at above fourteen hundred in an area of fourteen miles in length and half a mile in breadth, has afforded to a succession of visitors abundant opportunities of verifying the true geological position of the implements.
Page 18 - ... suggestions which may be offered by their Members for the advancement of Science. They are specially requested to review the recommendations adopted at preceding Meetings, as published in the volumes of the Association and the communications made to the Sections at this Meeting, for the purposes of selecting definite points of research to which individual or combined exertion may be usefully directed, and branches of knowledge on the state...
Page 8 - ... very rarefied atmosphere or ether, so thin as to exercise no perceptible effect on the movements of massive solid bodies like the planets, but substantial enough to exert a very important influence on more attenuated substances moving with great velocity. The effect of the resistance of the ether is to retard the tangential motion, and allow the attractive force of gravity to draw the body nearer to the Sun, by which the dimensions of the orbit are continually contracted and the velocity in it...
Page 16 - Lyell in his opening address to the Geological Section. Since that time many French and English naturalists have visited the valley of the Somme in Picardy, and confirmed the opinion originally published by M. Boucher de Perthes in 1847, and afterwards confirmed by Mr. Prestwich, Sir C. Lyell, and other geologists from personal examination of that region.
Page 1 - This subject was resumed another day by a paper on the Intellectual Development of Europe, considered with Reference to the Views of Mr Darwin and others, that the Progression of Organisms is determined by Law, by Professor DRAPER, MD, of New York.
Page 8 - AM, a distinguished astronomer, Mr. Carrington, had directed his telescope to the sun, and was engaged in observing his spots, when suddenly two intensely luminous bodies burst into view on its surface. They moved side by side through a space of about 35,000 miles, first increasing in brightness, then fading away ; in five minutes they had vanished. They did not alter the shape of a group of large black...
Page 5 - Greenwich, labours prosecuted under circumstances of great difficulty, and the results of which were not given to the world in a complete form till many years had elapsed from the time the observations were made, which was during the latter half of the seventeenth century. About the middle of the eighteenth century, the celebrated Dr. Bradley, who also filled the post of Astronomer Royal, observed an almost equally extensive Catalogue of Stars, and the beginning of the nineteenth century gave birth...
Page 16 - M. Boucher de Perthes in 1847, and afterwards confirmed by Mr. Prestwich, Sir C. Lyell, and other geologists, from personal examination of that region. It appears that the position of the rude flint-implements, which are unequivocally of human workmanship, is such, at Abbeville and Amiens, as to show that they are as ancient as a great mass of gravel which fills the lower parts of the valley between those two cities, extending above and below them. This gravel is an ancient fluviatile alluvium by...

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