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Originally it

covered with sand, and served indifferently for arithmetical computations, or

geometrical diagrams. The word calculate is derived from the calculi, or small

pebbles, ...

Originally it

**appears**to have been nothing more than a smooth piece of board,covered with sand, and served indifferently for arithmetical computations, or

geometrical diagrams. The word calculate is derived from the calculi, or small

pebbles, ...

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ABERRATION of the Planets is their geocentric motion, or the space through

which they

passing from the planet to the earth. It is evident that this aberration will be

greatest in ...

ABERRATION of the Planets is their geocentric motion, or the space through

which they

**appear**to move, as seen from the earth during the time of the light'spassing from the planet to the earth. It is evident that this aberration will be

greatest in ...

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Then it is manifest, that if the sun move uniformly in this circle, he must

move uniformly to a spectator on the earth; and, in this case, there would be no

optic or eccentric equation. But suppose the earth to be placed out of the centre

of ...

Then it is manifest, that if the sun move uniformly in this circle, he must

**appear**tomove uniformly to a spectator on the earth; and, in this case, there would be no

optic or eccentric equation. But suppose the earth to be placed out of the centre

of ...

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and then, though the sun's motion should be really uniforni, it would not

be so when seen from the earth; and in this case there would be an optic

equation, but not an eccentric one. • Again, let us imagine the sun's orbit not to be

...

and then, though the sun's motion should be really uniforni, it would not

**appear**tobe so when seen from the earth; and in this case there would be an optic

equation, but not an eccentric one. • Again, let us imagine the sun's orbit not to be

...

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... and it

formerly. La Place has shown this acceleration of the moon's motion to arise from

the action of the sun upon the moon, combined with the variation of the

eccentricity ...

... and it

**appears**that, from a certain cause, it is now a little quicker than it wasformerly. La Place has shown this acceleration of the moon's motion to arise from

the action of the sun upon the moon, combined with the variation of the

eccentricity ...

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Page 456 - A sphere is a solid bounded by a curved surface, every point of which is equally distant from a point within called the center.

Page 524 - In higher works on trigonometry, it has been demonstrated that, in any triangle, the sines of the angles are proportional to the lengths of the sides opposite to them. In other words, sin A : sin B :: BC : AC; or, sin A : sin C:: BC : AB, and sin B : sin C::AC : A B. Hence, we have sin 44° 40' : sin 56° 20

Page 312 - A law presupposes an agent ; for it is only the mode, according to which an agent proceeds : it implies a power ; for it is the order, according to which that power acts. Without this agent, without this power, which are both distinct from itself, the law does nothing ; is nothing. The expression, ' the law of metallic nature...

Page 209 - ... winch, with as little labour as it takes to wind up a jack, though the weight of the iron, tin, and wooden circle, is about 1000 pounds.

Page 78 - In foul weather, when the mercury rises much and high, and so continues for two or three days before the foul weather is quite over, then expect a continuance of fair weather to follow.

Page 215 - Specific Gravity of a body is the relation of its weight, compared with the weight of some other body of the same magnitude. A body immersed in a fluid will sink if its specific gravity be greater than that of the fluid; but if it be less, the body will rise to the top, and will be only partly uncovered.

Page 490 - ... the object he views. There is no small speculum, but the magnifiers are applied immediately to the first focal image. From the opening of the telescope, near the place of the eye glass, a speaking-pipe runs down to the bottom of the tube, where it...

Page 412 - Multiply the numerators together for a new numerator, and the denominators together for a new denominator.

Page 467 - And in measuring any of these station-distances, mark accurately where these lines meet with any hedges, ditches, roads, lanes, paths, rivulets, &c ; and where any remarkable object is placed, by measuring its distance from the station-line ; and where a perpendicular From it cuts that line. And thus as you go along any main...

Page 15 - ... of the motion seemed to be from the upper part downwards. It appears also that they were in some danger of having the balloon burnt altogether; as the Marquis observed several round holes made by the fire in the lower part of it, which alarmed him considerably, and, indeed, not without reason.