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Astronomy for Everybody


Astronomy for Everybody

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Автор: Simon Newcomb
Издательство: McClure, phillips & CO.
Страниц: 333
Год: 1904
Размер: 6,51 МБ

THE present work grew out of articles contributed to McClure's Magazine a few years since on the Unsolved Problems of Astronomy, Total Eclipses of the Sun, and other subjects. The interest shown in these articles suggested an exposition of the main facts of astronomy in the same style. The result of the attempt is now submitted to the courteous consideration of the reader.

The writer who attempts to set forth the facts of astronomy without any use of technical language finds himself in the dilemma of being obliged either to convey only a very imperfect idea of the subject, or to enter upon explanations of force and motion which his reader may find tedious. In grappling with this difficulty the author has followed a middle course, trying to present the subject in such a way as to be intelligible and interesting to every eader, and entering into technical explanations only when necessary to the clear understanding of such matters as the measure of time, the changes of the easons, the varying positions of the constellations, and the aspects of the planets. It is hoped that the reader who does not wish to master these subjects will find enough to interest him in the descriptions and illustrations of celestial scenery to which the bulk of the work is devoted.

The author is indebted to Mr. Secretary Langley, of the Smithsonian Institution, for the use of the picture which forms the frontispiece.

SIMON NEWCOMB. Washington, October, 1902.


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