Chemistry, Meteorology, and the Function of Digestion: Considered with Reference to Natural Theology, Volume 8

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William Pickering, 1834 - Chemistry - 564 pages
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Page 209 - There is also another circumstance connected with the earth's motion in its orbit, which, as partaking of the character of a primary cause, may here be briefly noticed. The earth's orbit is not a circle, but an ellipse, of which the sun occupies one of the foci. Now, it has been so arranged, that in the middle of our winter, the earth is in that part of its orbit which is nearest to the sun. The earth, therefore, is at Christmas actually about three millions of miles nearer to the sun than at Midsummer....
Page 15 - These are general laws ; and when a particular purpose is to be effected, it is not by making a new law, nor by the suspension of the old ones, nor by making them wind and bend and yield to the occasion (for nature with great steadiness...
Page 198 - ... 95 east, and 100 west ; and consequently that the geographical pole of the globe is not the coldest point of the Arctic hemisphere. Whether this deduction be well founded or not must be decided by future observation. At present the actual temperature of the polar regions cannot be considered as determined.
Page vii - Testament, bearing date the 25th of February, 1825, he directed certain Trustees therein named to invest in the public funds the sum of Eight thousand pounds sterling; this sum, with the accruing dividends thereon, to be held at the disposal of the President, for the time being, of the Royal Society of London, to be paid to the person or persons nominated by him. The Testator...
Page viii - The late President of the Royal Society, Davies Gilbert, Esq. requested the assistance of his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury and of the Bishop of London, in determining upon the best mode of carrying into effect the intentions of the Testator. Acting with their advice, and with the concurrence of a nobleman immediately connected with the deceased, Mr. Davies Gilbert appointed the following eight gentlemen to write separate Treatises on the different branches of the subject, as here stated : THE...
Page 463 - This view of the nature of aliments is singularly illustrated and maintained by the familiar instance of the composition of milk. All other matters appropriated by animals as food, exist for themselves ; or for the use of the vegetable or animal of which they form a constituent part. But milk is designed and prepared by nature expressly as food ; and it is the only material throughout the range of organization that is so prepared. In milk, therefore, we should expect to find a model of what an alimentary...
Page ix - WITH REFERENCE TO NATURAL THEOLOGY. His ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF SUSSEX, President of the Royal Society, having desired that no unnecessary delay should take place in the publication of the above mentioned treatises, they will appear at short intervals, as they are ready for publication. CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
Page 375 - ... mass of water, and kill from a distance the prey they are anxious to devour. From the facts gathered with reference to fishes, it appears that particular districts or basins of the ocean have tribes peculiar to them, distinct from those which inhabit even contiguous seas. Thus the species common to the Arabian Gulf are said to differ entirely from those of the Mediterranean, and according to MM.
Page vii - The testator further directed, that the person or persons selected by the said President should be appointed to write, print, and publish, one thousand copies of a work — On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as manifested in the Creation...

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