The Romance of the Heavens

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byAlexander William Bickerton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...greater than the sun's gravitation from the same spot in space. Thus it seems probable that the planets might entrap moons. And in all these cases we must also keep in mind the fact that the orbits were probably much smaller, and have increased in size by tidal action, converting their energy of rotation into potential energy of distance, the same agency applying, of course, both to the planets and their satellites. Some other agencies regarding the atmosphere of the planets, the zodiacal light, the planetoids, Saturn's rings, and comets, are discussed elsewhere; and some only hinted at. In a preliminary treatise like the present, too great a detailed definition would obviously be out of place. We have glanced at the apparent chaos of,original and acquired motions from which, as a skilful potter gives symmetry and beauty to a shapeless mass of clay, the ruling power of the Cosmos has given life and rhythm to our system. The storms have been subdued, and the flames quenched which gave the planets their long baptism of fire, and sorted the materials for their constitution. It is like a fairy tale to trace from the original terrestrial ball of fire the wondrous agencies that selected its material, wrinkled its solidified crust, laid its surface down in layers, kneaded and crushed those layers into mountain,chains and immense valleys--gradually to be filled with liquid as the cooling earth allowed the acid vapours and steam to condense as salt water; then to watch the altered eccentricity of the earth's orbit putting into play the physical forces that, during the great glacial periods, alternately covered each hemisphere with a vast ice cap extending far down into temperate regions. Then, again, it is a poem to trace the gradual absorption of...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...greater than the sun's gravitation from the same spot in space. Thus it seems probable that the planets might e...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217607144

ISBN - 13:9780217607148

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