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Publisher: W.F. Brainard Publication date: 1905
Subjects: Religion and science Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.
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Publisher: W.F. Brainard Publication date: 1905
Subjects: Religion and science Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.
When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there.
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  • BN ID: 2940024406175
  • Publisher: W.F. Brainard
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  • Edition description: Digitized from 1905 volume
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CHAPTER III. THE HEAVENLY BODIES, OE THE SCIENCE OF AS- TBONOMY. " Astronomy is the science whicli treats of the heavenly bodies. It investigates (a) their motions and the laws which govern them; (6) their nature, dimensions, and characteristics; (c) the influence they exert upon each other either by their attraction, their radiation, or in any other way." 1 The study of Matter, or the science of chemistry, throws light upon the nature of the heavenly bodies, upon their physical and chemical condition. The heavenly bodies are so related in nature that they appear as various stages of evolution from a primordial substance once concentrated in nebulae. The study of Energy, or the science of physics, throws light upon the motions of the heavenly bodies. The white heat of nebula? and suns is energy in its highest form. These fiery bodies possess energy or the motive power of heat, whereas the motion of their planets or cast- off, cooler atmospheres is governed by the force of gravitation. The stream, of heat that flows constantly from the hot suns to their cooler planets con- 1 Young, Elements of Astronomy. stitutes the magnetic attraction known as gravitation. Philosophy searches aniofig the facts that the science of astronomy has collected, for evidence that the heavenly bodies are so related to one another in their nature and motions through space that they form one system. The question then arises of the place which the earth occupies in this vast cosmic system. The nebular hypothesis has been brought forward by astronomers as the explanation of how the various classes of heavenly bodies nebulae, stars or suns, planets and satellites of planets are related. According to La Place, "at some time in the past the matter which is now gathered into the sun and plane...
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