Notices of the Proceedings at the Meetings of the Members of the Royal Institution, with Abstracts of the Discourses, Volume 1

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W. Nicol, Printer to the Royal Institution, 1854 - Learned institutions and societies
 

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Page 233 - That gravity should be innate, inherent, and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of anything else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity that I believe no man, who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking, can ever fall into it. Gravity must be caused by an agent acting constantly according to certain laws ; but whether this agent...
Page 280 - There is no possibility of the least intermixture of earthy matter in such cases. Thus in the large submerged tract called the "Sunk Country," near New Madrid, forming part of the western side of the valley of the Mississippi, erect trees have been standing ever since the year 1811-12, killed by the great earthquake of that date; lacustrine and swamp plants have been growing there in the shallows, and several rivers have annually inundated the whole space, and yet have been unable to carry in any...
Page 362 - ... as is also that tooth in the lower jaw, which, in opposing it, passes in front of the upper one's crown when* the mouth is closed. The other teeth of the first set are the 'deciduous molars;' the teeth which displace and succeed them vertically are the 'premolars;' the more posterior teeth, which are not displaced by vertical successors, are the ' molars
Page 250 - A Verb Passive expresses a passion or a suffering, or the receiving of an action ; and necessarily implies an object acted upon, and an agent by which it is acted upon : as, to be loved ;
Page 148 - But if this ordinary upward course be anywhere interrupted, the impression will then exert its power in a transverse direction, and a reflex action will be the result ; the nature of this being dependent upon the part of the Cerebro-spinal axis at which the ascent had been checked. Thus if the interruption be produced by division or injury of the Spinal cord, so that its lower part is...
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Page 346 - And in regard to long circuits such as those described, their conducting power cannot be understood, whilst no reference is made to their lateral static induction, or to the conditions of intensity and quantity which then come into play ; especially in the case of short or intermitting currents, for then static and dynamic are continually passing into each other.
Page 361 - ... as is also that tooth in the lower jaw which, in opposing it, passes in front of its crown when the mouth is closed. The other teeth of the first set are the ' deciduous molars ; ' the teeth which displace and succeed them vertically are the ' premolars ; ' the more posterior teeth, which are not displaced by vertical successors, are the ' molars,
Page 183 - ... may assume correspond with the successive places of the pendulum. In man himself, the individual, zoologically speaking, is not a state of man at any particular moment as infant, child, youth or man; but the sum of all these, with the implied fact of their definite succession. . . . [In conclusion] The individual animal is the sum of the phenomena presented by a single life: in other words, it is, all those animal forms which proceed from a single egg, taken together (83).
Page 329 - A moment's reflection will suggest to us that there must be a limit to the operations of the Geiser.

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