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652 페이지 - Some drill and bore The solid earth, and from the strata there Extract a register, by which we learn, That he who made it, and revealed its date To Moses, was mistaken in its age.
566 페이지 - ... neglected truths, bursting the bonds which kept them down, and either seeking reconciliation with the truth contained in the common opinion, or fronting it as enemies, and setting themselves up, with similar exclusiveness, as the whole truth. The latter case is hitherto the most frequent, as, in the human mind, one-sidedness has always been the rule, and many-sidedness the exception. Hence, even in revolutions of opinion, one part of the truth usually sets while another rises, Even progress,...
653 페이지 - The Author of nature has not given laws to the universe, which, like the institutions of men, carry in themselves the elements of their own destruction. He has not permitted, in his works, any symptom of infancy or of old age, or any sign by which we may estimate either their future or their past duration.
691 페이지 - He that planted the ear, shall He not hear ? He that formed the eye, shall He not see...
114 페이지 - A Short History of Natural Science and of the Progress of Discovery, From the Time of the Greeks to the Present Time.
455 페이지 - In no single instance, on the other hand, did the air which had been proved moteless by the searching beam show itself to possess the least power of producing bacterial life or the associated phenomena of putrefaction.
226 페이지 - A man may say, if he likes, that the moon is made of green cheese: that is an hypothesis. But another man, who has devoted a great deal of time and attention to the subject, and availed himself of the most powerful telescopes and the results of the observations of others, declares that in his opinion it is probably composed of materials very similar to those of which our own earth is made up: and that is also only an hypothesis.
675 페이지 - that many of you are acquainted with the speculations of Lyell and others, especially of Darwin, who tell us that even for a comparatively brief portion of recent geological history three hundred millions of years will not suffice ! We say — so much the worse for geology as at present understood by its chief authorities, for ... physical considerations render it impossible that more than ten or fifteen millions of years can be granted.
656 페이지 - ... of their attraction beyond calculable limits. Under such circumstances we might have years of unequal length, and seasons of capricious temperature ; planets and moons of portentous size and aspect glaring and disappearing at uncertain intervals ; tides like deluges sweeping over whole continents ; and, perhaps, the collision of two of the planets, and the consequent destruction of all organization on both of them.