Mathematical Tracts on the Lunar and Planetary Theories: The Figure of the Earth, Precession and Nutation, the Calculus of Variations, and the Undulatory Theory of Optics

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Deighton, 1842 - Astronomy - 390 pages
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Page 251 - We have, every reason,' he observes, ' to think that a part of the velocity of sound depends upon the circumstance that the law of elasticity of the air is altered by the instantaneous development of latent heat on compression, or the contrary effect on expansion. Now, if this heat required time for its development, the quantity of heat developed would depend...
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