by HERSCHEL, Sir John Frederick William (1792-1871).
New York:: D. Appleton, 1872., 1872. Thick 8vo. xxviii, 753,  pp. 9 plates (incl. frontis., 1 folding), figs., index. Original brick-red blind- and gilt-stamped cloth; a fraying to spine ends. Very good. This edition attempts to bring recent understandings in the progress of science, to a current level, or the then "existing state of knowledge. . . Astronomy, within the last few years, has been enriched by so many and such considerable additions. . ." These elements included: how the mass of the Earth is determined, the understanding of solar eclipses, Foucault's "remarkable pendulum experiments" and the gyroscope, Professor Thomson's "speculations on the origin of the Sun's heat", and the views of Jean Reynaud, Cooper on sidereal astronomy, Bishop's ecliptic charts, Carrington's "elaborate circumpolar catalogue", Jones on zodiacal light, the United States' Japan Expedition, etc. Otherwise, this is a broadly scoped introductory treatise on astronomy by one of the great mathematicians and astronomers of his time. In the author's preface to the first edition he writes, "The chief novelty in the volume, as it now stands, will be found in the manner in which the subject of Perturbations is treated . . . The chapters devoted to it must. . . be considered as addressed to a class of readers in possession of somewhat more mathematical knowledge than those who will find the rest of the word readily and easily accessible. . ." Contents include: "Of Uranography", "Of the Sun's Motion and Physical Constitution", "Of the Solar System", "Theory of the Axes, Perihelia, and Excentricities".
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