Stories of the Universe: The Stars (Classic Reprint)

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When invited to write this little book, I was asked so to shape it that it should be a concise but readable out line of that branch of knowledge which one associates with the expression the Starry Heavens liberally inter preted. I was to cater for those rapidly growing thou sands of men and women Of all ranks who are manifesting in these closing years Of the nineteenth century in so many ways and in so many places an interest in the facts and truths of Nature and Physical Science. The task thus imposed upon me was a very congenial one, and I gladly undertook it. How far I have succeeded in pre senting my facts in a bright and cheery spirit others must determine. But I would ask it to be understood thati have dealt with facts rather than fancies. There are too many of the former available for a writer on astronomy to make it worth while to waste space in dealing with the latter.

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In this age of cheap printing the periodical daily, weekly, monthly, annual brings forward an enormous amount of half-digested reports of doings in the world. Each report gives its results in more or less technical language. There is a special technique to each one of the natural sciences and to each one of the departments of history, of philology, jurisprudence, sociology, to say nothing of the fine arts or literature. A man or woman or youth who reads the periodical carries away with him as a matter of pure gain what he is able to seize and understand. If ignorant of the technique, he gets very little that is valuable. This is the use of general information, to furnish one with the technique, an outline of the history of the investigation, and a summary of its results.
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