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Fragments of Science free pdf Excerpt from Fragments of Science: A Series of Detached Essays, Addresses and Reviews We cannot think of space as finite, for wherever in imagination we erect a boundary, we are compelled to think of space as existing beyond it. Thus by the incessant dissolution of limits we arrive at a more or less adequate idea of the infinity of space. But though compelled to think of space as unbounded, there is no mental necessity compelling us to think of it either as filled or empty- whether it is so or not must be decided by experiment and observation. That it is not entirely void the starry heavens declare- but the question still remains, are the stars themselves hung in vacuo? Are the vast regions which surround them, and across which their light is propagated, absolutely empty? A century ago the answer to this question, founded on the Newtonian theory, would have been, "No, for particles of light are incessantly shot through space." The reply of modern science is also negative, but on different grounds. It has the best possible reasons for rejecting the idea of luminiferous particles- but in support of the conclusion that the celestial spaces are occupied by matter, it is able to offer proofs almost as cogent as those which can be adduced of the existence of an atmosphere round the earth. Men's minds, indeed, rose to a conception of the celestial and universal atmosphere through the study of the terrestrial and local one. From the phenomena of sound, as displayed in the air, they ascended to the phenomena of light, as displayed in the ether- which is the name given to the interstellar medium. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : John Tyndall
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331432715
EAN : 9781331432715
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 712 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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