Transactions of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts, Volume 3

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Pagina 284 - It is far from my wish to promulgate to the world that the ridiculous expectations, or rather professions, of the enthusiastic speculist will be realised, and that we shall see engines travelling at the rate of twelve, sixteen, eighteen, or twenty miles an hour. Nothing could do more harm towards their general adoption and improvement than the promulgation of such nonsense.
Pagina 140 - By the help of the same consideration, we get rid of all the mystery of a peculiar sense or faculty, imagined for the express purpose of perceiving beauty; and discover that the power of taste is nothing more than the habit of tracing those associations, by which almost all objects may be connected with interesting emotions.
Pagina 134 - I knew one of that profession, who thought that there could be only three parts in harmony — to wit, bass, tenor, and treble — because there are but three persons in the Trinity.
Pagina 42 - ... becomes so soft and pliant as to be capable of being moulded into any form, or of being rolled out into long pieces or flat plates. When in the soft state, it possesses all the elasticity of common India-rubber, but it does not retain these properties long. It soon begins again to grow hard, and a short time, varying according to the temperature and the size of the piece operated on, regains all its original hardness and rigidity.
Pagina 288 - Zenith Sector; together with a Catalogue of the Stars which have been observed, and the Amplitude of the Celestial Arcs, deduced from the Observations at the different Stations. 4to, sewed, 7s.
Pagina 187 - The few remaining trees, stripped of their boughs and foliage, wore a cold and wintry aspect; and the numerous seats in the environs of Bridgetown, formerly concealed amid thick groves, were now exposed and in ruins. " From the direction in which the cocoa-nut and other trees were prostrated next to the earth, the first that fell must have been blown down by a north-north-east wind ; but far the greater number were rooted up by the blast from the northwest.
Pagina 256 - Liverpool, and the stupendous asylum harbours of Plymouth, Kingstown, and Cherbourg. I have little hesitation in saying, that the smallest of the post-office packet stations in the Irish Sea has required a much larger expenditure of capital, than the Americans have invested in the formation of harbour accommodation for trading vessels along a line of coast of no less than 4000 miles, extending from the Gulf of St Lawrence to the Mississippi.
Pagina 237 - The first and the most generally useful of these forms is the Lenticular Stereoscope. This instrument consists of two semilenses placed at such a distance that each eye views the picture or drawing opposite to it through the margin of the semilens, or through parts, of it equidistant from the margin. The distance of the portions of the lens through which we look, must be equal to the distance of the centres of the pupils, which is, at an average, 2J inches.
Pagina 186 - After midnight the continued flashing of the lightning was awfully grand, and a gale blew fiercely from the north and north-east; but at 1 AM on the llth...
Pagina 282 - We shall be carried at the rate of four hundred miles a day, with all the ease we now enjoy in a steam-boat, but without the annoyance of sea-sickness, Or the danger of being burned or drowned.

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