Other Worlds Than Ours; The Plurality Of Worlds Studied Under The Light Of Recent Scientific Researches by Richard Anthony Proctor

Other Worlds Than Ours; The Plurality Of Worlds Studied Under The Light Of Recent Scientific…

byRichard Anthony Proctor

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. METEORS AND COMETS: THEIR OFFICE IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM. There are few more interesting chapters in the history of astronomy than that which deals with the gradual introduction of meteors into an important position in the economy of the solar system. Regarded for a long time as simply atmospheric phenomena (though many ancient philosophers held another opinion), it has only been after a long and persistent series of researches that they have come at length to be regarded in their true light. But though the history of those researches is not only full of interest, but highly instructive and encouraging, this is not the place for entering at length into its details. I must present facts and conclusions, rather than the narrative of observations or calculations by which those facts and conclusions have been established. Nay, it would seem at first sight as though even the nature of meteors could have very little to do with the subject of this treatise, since we cannot suppose these small bodies to be inhabited worlds. It will be found, however, that, though this is certainly true, there are reasons for believing that meteors are associated in a very intimate manner with the general relations of the scheme of worlds formino O the solar system. Under the head ' Meteors ' I include all those objects which reach the earth's atmo.sphere from without, whether they actually make their way to her surface unbroken, like the aerolites; or explode into small fragments, as bolides and fireballs have been observed to do; or are apparently consumed in traversing the upper regions of the air, as happens with shooting or falling stars. All these objects, we now know, represent in reality bodies of greater or less size, which, before their encounter with the earth,...

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Title:Other Worlds Than Ours; The Plurality Of Worlds Studied Under The Light Of Recent Scientific…Format:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217026737

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