Memoirs of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester, Volume 2

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The Society, 1785 - Natural history
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Page 333 - So it is in contemplation; if a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
Page 357 - During several of the summer months of the year 1783, when the effects of the sun's rays to heat the earth in these northern regions should have been the greatest, there existed a constant fog over all Europe and great part of North America. This fog was of a permanent nature ; it was dry, and the rays of the sun seemed to have little effect towards dissipating it, as they easily do a moist fog arising from water.
Page 325 - Heraclitus gave a just censure, saying, Men sought truth in their own little worlds, and not in 'the great and common world...
Page 358 - ... whose smoke might be attracted and retained by our earth; or whether it was the vast quantity of smoke, long continuing to issue during the summer from Hecla, in Iceland, and that other volcano which arose out of the sea near that island, which smoke might be spread by various winds over the northern part of the world, is yet uncertain.
Page 336 - And although the arguing from experiments and observations by Induction be no demonstration of general conclusions, yet it is the best way of arguing which the nature of things admits of, and may be looked upon as so much the stronger by how much the Induction is more general.
Page 477 - ... after, he could not help looking upon it with loathing instead of desire ; and it was not till after four days, that his stomach was brought to its natural tone, when the violence of his appetite returned, with a sort of canine eagerness.
Page 120 - But one the lofty follower of the sun, Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves, Drooping all night; and, when he warm returns, Points her enamour'd bosom to his ray.
Page 255 - Experiments on ferments and fermentation, by which a mode of exciting fermentation in malt liquors, without the aid of yeast, is pointed out, with an attempt to form a new theory of that process. Vol. 2, p. 273. Read April 20, 1785.
Page 367 - Paris was enlarged, the suburbs were insensibly built on the ancient quarries, so that, all that you see without is essentially wanting in the earth, for the foundation of the city : hence proceed the frightful cavities, which are at this time found under the houses in several quarters. They stand upon abysses. It would not require a very violent shock to throw back the stones to the place from whence they have been raised with so much difficulty. Eight men being swallowed up in a gulph one...
Page 143 - ... fo that the light reflected " from the tinging particles may predominate. " In fuch cafes, the colour of the reflected light " will be apt to vary from that of the light

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