Lectures on Natural and Experimental Philosophy: Considered in It's [sic] Present State of Improvement. Describing in a Familiar and Easy Manner, the Principal Phenomena of Nature; and Shewing, that They All Co-operate in Displaying the Goodness, Wisdom, and Power of God, Volume 4

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R. Hindmarsh, 1794 - Science

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Page 78 - ... the prince of the lights of heaven, which now as a giant doth run his unwearied course, should as it were through a languishing faintness begin to stand and to rest himself...
Page 79 - ... should wander from her beaten way, the times and seasons of the year blend themselves by disordered and confused mixture, the winds breathe out their last gasp, the clouds yield no rain, the earth be defeated of heavenly influence, the fruits of the earth pine away as children at the withered breasts of their mother no longer able to yield them relief; what would become of man himself, whom these things now do all serve ? See we not plainly that obedience of creatures unto the law of nature is...
Page 465 - Hauing made many and diuers compasses, and using alwaiea to finish and end them before I touched the needle, I found continually, that after I had touched the yrons with the stone, that presently the north point thereof would bend, or decline, downwards under the horizon in some...
Page 540 - Firft, they fee, as a prelude to the enftiing havock, whole fields of fugar canes whirled into the air, and fcattered over the face of the country. The ftrongeft trees of the foreft are torn up by the roots, and driven about like ftubble; their wind-mills are fwept away...
Page 219 - ... and calling this a sidereal stratum, an eye placed somewhere within it will see all the stars in the direction of the planes of the stratum projected into a great circle, which will appear lucid on account of the accumulation of the stars, while the rest of the heavens at the sides will only seem to be scattered over with constellations, more or less crowded, according to the distance of the planes or number of stars contained in the thickness or sides of the stratum.
Page 292 - The plain argument for the existence of the Deity, obvious to " all, and carrying irresistible conviction with it, is, From the evident " contrivance and fitness of things for one another, which we meet " with throughout all parts of the universe.
Page 164 - If one hour were like another; if the passage of the sun did not show that the day is wasting; if the change of seasons did not impress upon us the flight of the year; quantities of duration equal to days and years would glide unobserved. If the parts of time were not variously coloured, we should never discern their departure or succession, but should live thoughtless of the past, and careless of the future...
Page 70 - ... the inclination of the earth's axis to the plane of the ecliptic, and more remotely upon the variations in that inclination known as precession and nutation.
Page 464 - ... became stationary for some time ; after that, the absolute variation westward was decreasing, and the needle came back again to its former situation, or near it, in the night, or by the next morning. The diurnal variation is irregular when the needle moves slowly eastward in the latter part of the morning, or westward in the latter part of the afternoon ; also when it moves much either way after night, or suddenly both ways within a short time.
Page 164 - He that is carried forward, however swiftly, by a motion equable and easy, perceives not the change of place but by the variation of objects.

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