The Edinburgh new philosophical journal (Volume 10); exhibiting a view of the progressive discoveries and improvements in the sciences and the arts

 
9780217280761: The Edinburgh new philosophical journal (Volume 10); exhibiting a view of the progressive discoveries and improvements in the sciences and the arts
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1831 Excerpt: ... namely, its great price, while, at the same time, it is by no means such as to approach in any striking degree to the perfection which might be desired. Much, therefore, is it to be wished that Mr Audubon should undertake the delineation of the birds of Great Britain, which, with his matchless talents, aided by those of Mr Havell, would eclipse, not only all other representations of these birds, but even the " Birds of America," unrivalled as that work now is. Sure, the "Imperial Isle," the "Empress of the nations," ought to possess a work of this kind suited to her rank in the political and moral systems of our beautiful and mysterious world. Oknithofhilus. Observations on the Glaciers of the Alps . By F. J. Hugi, Professor at Soleure. A Journey devoted exclusively to geography or meteorology' executed by a man well versed in physical and natural science, affords a rich store of important observations, which aids powerfully in unveiling the secrets of nature. The narratives of De Saussure and Humboldt prove what advantage a superior mind may obtain from inspecting these particular regions. The Alps, although situated in the centre of the most civilized continent, have remained a long time without being studied; it is well known what science owes to the particular attention with which these mountains were studied by one of these learned men whom we have mentioned. Other naturalists have trodden in his footsteps, and notwithstanding, there are yet many points on which new ohservations are useful and often necessary. Situated in a temperate climate, the Alps, by their elevation above the level of the sea, afford a multitude of phenomena which belong to polar regions, and which, notwithstanding, exhibit the peculiar characters which their elevation impresses. ...

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