Cosmos: sketch of a physical description of the universe, Tom 3,Część 1

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Strona vii - But to derive two or three general principles of motion from phaenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the properties and actions of all corporeal things follow from those manifest principles, would be a very great step in philosophy, though the causes of those principles were not yet discovered. And therefore I scruple not to propose the principles of motion above mentioned, they being of very general extent, and leave their causes to be found out.
Strona vii - I do not here consider. What I call attraction may be performed by impulse, or by some other means unknown to me. I use that Word here to signify only in general any Force by which Bodies tend towards one another, whatsoever be the Cause.
Strona xxii - ... we have ourselves heard it stated by a celebrated optician, that the earliest circumstance which drew his attention to astronomy was the regular appearance, at a certain hour, for several successive days, of a considerable star, through the shaft of a chimney.
Strona vii - To tell us that every species of things is endowed with an occult specific quality by which it acts and produces manifest effects, is to tell us nothing...
Strona xi - By their vivifying action vegetables are enabled to draw support from inorganic matter, and become, in their turn the support of animals and of man, and the sources of those great deposits of dynamical efficiency which are laid up for human use in our coal...
Strona xvii - J'ai seulement besoin de dire qu'en répétant la même série d'épreuves et avec les mêmes instruments sur la lumière que lance une substance gazeuse enflammée, on ne lui trouve, sous quelque inclinaison que ce soit, aucun des caractères de la lumière polarisée; que la lumière des gaz, prise à...
Strona xi - ... of those great deposits of dynamical efficiency which are laid up for human use in our coal strata.* By them the waters of the sea are made to circulate in vapour through the air, and irrigate the land, producing springs and rivers. By them are produced all disturbances of the chemical equilibrium of the elements of nature, which, by a series of compositions and decompositions, give rise to new products, and originate a transfer of materials.
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