Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Τόμος 39

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Σελίδα 284 - I am happy to say that I do not think any such catastrophe a necessary consequence of the growth of science ; but I do think it is a tendency to be feared, and an evil to be most carefully provided against. The man who works away at one corner of Nature, shutting his eyes to all the rest, diminishes his chances of seeing what is to be seen in that corner ; for, as I need hardly remind my present hearers, that which the investigator perceives depends much more on that which lies behind his sense-organs...
Σελίδα 283 - We are in the case of Tarpeia who opened the gates of the Roman citadel to the Sabines and was crushed under the weight of the reward bestowed upon her. It has become impossible for any man to keep pace with the progress of the whole of any important branch of science.
Σελίδα 289 - The following table shows the progress and present state of the Society with respect to the number of Fellows : — Patron and honorary.
Σελίδα 286 - I am happy to say that I have good reason to believe that, with prolonged rest — by which I do not mean idleness, but release from distraction and complete freedom from those lethal agencies which are commonly known as the pleasures of society — I may yet regain so much strength as is compatible with advancing years. But, in order to do so, I must, for a long time yet, be content to lead a more or less anchoritic life. Now it is not fitting that your President should be a hermit, and it becomes...
Σελίδα 285 - We have a right to claim that science shall be put upon the same footing as any other great subject of instruction, that it shall have an equal share in the schools, an equal share in the recognised qualification for degrees, and in University honours and rewards. It must be recognised that science, as intellectual discipline, is at least as valuable, and, as knowledge, is at least as important, as literature, and that the scientific student must no longer be handicapped by a linguistic (I will not...
Σελίδα 285 - A good style is the vivid expression of clear thinking, and it can be attained only by those who will take infinite pains, in the first place, to purge their own minds of ignorance and half knowledge, and, in the second, to clothe their thoughts in the words which will most fitly convey them to the minds of others.
Σελίδα 283 - ... the Sabines, and was crushed under the weight of the reward bestowed upon her. It has become impossible for any man to keep pace with the progress of the whole of any important branch of science. If he were to attempt to do so his mental faculties would be crushed by the multitude of journals and of voluminous monographs which a too fertile press casts upon him.
Σελίδα 38 - ... Professor Turner traces the history of modern Astronomical Discovery, first showing by what an immense amount of labour and patience most discoveries have been made, and then describing in detail many of the more important ones. Among his topics are Uranus, Eros, and Neptune, Bradley's discoveries of the aberration of light...
Σελίδα 122 - Six hypotheses have been suggested : 1. That the corona consists of a gaseous atmosphere resting upon the sun's surface and carried round with it. 2. That the corona is made up, wholly or in part, of gaseous and finely divided matter which has been ejected from the sun, and is in motion about the sun from the forces of ejection, of the sun's rotation, and of gravity — and possibly of a repulsion of some kind. 3. That the corona resembles the rings of...
Σελίδα 54 - ... the Observatory of the British Association at Kew. The Council are persuaded that the General Committee will view with satisfaction this co-operation of the Royal Society and British Association for objects common to both, and for which the Observatory at Kew furnishes a very convenient locality. 3. The General Committee at Cambridge having passed a resolution, "That it be referred to the Council to take into consideration, before the next Meeting of the Association, the expediency of discontinuing...

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