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FELLOW OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY,
EDITOR OF " THE HEAVENS,” ETC.
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THESE “ Elementary Lessons in Astronomy
The arrangement adopted is new; but it is the result of much thought. I have been especially anxious in the descriptive portion to show the Sun's real place in the Cosmos, and to separate the real from the apparent movements. I have therefore begun with the Stars, and have dealt with the apparent movements in a separate chapter.
It may be urged that this treatment is objectionable, as it reduces the mental gymnastic to a minimum ; it is right, therefore, that I should state that my aim throughout the book has been to give a connected view of the whole subject rather than to discuss any particular parts of it; and to supply facts, and ideas founded on the facts, to serve as a basis for subsequent study and discussion. A companion volume to the present one-I allude to the altogether admirable " Popular Astronomy' from the pen of the Astronomer Royal-may, from this point of view, be looked upon as a sequel to two or three chapters in this book.