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" The appearance of comets followed by these trains of light, has for a long time terrified mankind, always agitated by extraordinary events, of which the causes are unknown. The light of science has... "
Book I. Of the apparent motions of the celestial bodies. Book II. Of the ... - Page 93
by Pierre Simon marquis de Laplace - 1809 - 380 pages
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The Child at Home, Volume 1

1842 - 432 pages
...gradually disappears. The appearance of comets followed by these trains of light, has for a long time terrified mankind, always agitated by extraordinary...which the causes are unknown. The light of science has dispelled these vain fears ; no longer do we look upon the approach of comets as a herald of war or...
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The Child's own annual

1844 - 206 pages
...gradually disappears. The appearance of comets followed by these trains of light, has for a long time terrified mankind, always agitated by extraordinary...which the causes are unknown. The light of science has dispelled these vain fears ; no longer do we look upon the approach of comets as a herald of war or...
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Comets, Popular Culture, and the Birth of Modern Cosmology

Sara Schechner - 1999 - 386 pages
...on several occasions without having been perceived."4 Laplace praised "the light of science [that] has dissipated the vain terrors which comets, eclipses, and many other phenomena inspired in the ages of ignorance."1 Yet Laplace commented, "To the terrors which the apparition of...
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Destiny Or Chance: Our Solar System and Its Place in the Cosmos

Stuart Ross Taylor - 2000 - 256 pages
...student of the solar system, Laplace, whom we frequently encounter in these pages, commented in 1796 that the appearance of comets, followed by these long trains...events of which the causes are unknown. The light of seienee has dissipated the vain terrors that comets, eclipses, and many other phenomena inspired in...
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Solar System Evolution: A New Perspective

Stuart Ross Taylor - 2001 - 520 pages
...have an importance that outweighs their small numbers [46]. l0.3 Comets Laplace commented in 1796 that "the appearance of comets, followed by these long...The light of science has dissipated the vain terrors that comets, eclipses, and many other phenomena inspired in the ages of ignorance" [47]. However, a...
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The Prophet and the Astronomer: A Scientific Journey to the End of Time

Marcelo Gleiser - 2003 - 372 pages
...brushed Earth in 1910, carrying its "deadly" cyanogen.) Laplace praised "the light of science [that] has dissipated the vain terrors which comets, eclipses, and many other phenomena inspired in the ages of ignorance."34 He also argued that, although possible, collisions with comets...
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