Scientific Dialogues: Intended for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People: in which the First Principles of Natural and Experimental Philosophy are Fully Explained

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J. Grigg, T. Desilver, E. Littel, Towar & Hogan, and Kimber & Sharpless, 1829
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Page 232 - Soon shall thy arm, unconquered steam, afar Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car ; Or on wide waving wings expanded bear The flying chariot through the fields of air ; — Fair crews triumphant, leaning from above, Shall wave their fluttering kerchiefs as they move, Or warrior bands alarm the gaping crowd, And armies shrink beneath the shadowy cloud.
Page 268 - ... 1. The rising of the mercury presages, in general, fair weather, and its falling foul weather, as rain, snow, high winds, and storms.
Page 231 - The imprison'd storms through brazen nostrils roar, Fan the white flame, and fuse the sparkling ore. Here high in air the rising stream he pours To clay-built cisterns, or to lead-lined towers ; Fresh through a thousand pipes the wave distils, And thirsty cities drink the exuberant rills.
Page 237 - The mercury is sustained in the tube by the pressure of the atmosphere on the surface of the fluid in the cup.
Page 76 - He first established the truth, that a body plunged in a fluid loses as much of its weight as is equal to the weight of an equal volume of the fluid!
Page 222 - NYMPHS ! you erewhile on simmering cauldrons play'd, And call'd delighted SAVERY to your aid ; Bade round the youth explosive STEAM aspire In gathering clouds, and wing'd the wave with fire ; Bade with cold streams the quick expansion stop And sunk the immense of vapour to a drop. — Press'd by the ponderous air the Piston falls Resistless, sliding through its iron walls ; Quick moves the balanced beam, of giant-birth, Wields his large limbs, and nodding shakes the earth.
Page 102 - I. p. 45. equal in weight to the weight of the bodies: therefore, in order that a vessel may keep above water, it is only necessary to take care that the vessel and its cargo, passengers, &c. should be of less weight than the weight of a quantity of water equal »in bulk to that part of the vessel which it will be safe to immerge in the water.
Page 173 - If the spring with which the air endeavors to expand itself when it is compressed were less than the compressing force, it would yield still farther to that force ; if it were greater, it would not have yielded so far. Therefore, when any force has compressed the air so that it remains at rest, the spring of the air arising from its elasticity can neither be greater nor less than...
Page 269 - In fair weather, when the mercury falls much and low, and thus continues for two or three days before the rain comes, then expect a great ( deal of wet, and probably high winds.
Page 53 - Certainly: because in proportion tp the quantity drawn off, the surface descends, and consequently the perpendicular depths becomes less and less. The spaces described by the descending surface, in equal portions of time, are as the odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, &c. taken backwards. Emma. If the height of a vessel filled with any fluid be divided into 25 parts, and in a given space of time, as a minute, the surface descend through nine of those parts, will it in the next minute descend through seven...

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