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The Story Of The Solar System

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    George F. Chambers(Author)

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • George F. Chambers(Author)
  • Duey Press (November 20, 2008)
  • English
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  • Science & Math

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  • By Alan U. Kennington on June 16, 2017

    I have the original 1895 edition of this tiny book "The story of the solar system" by George Frederick Chambers (1841-1915), published by George Newnes Ltd., London. This was one of a series of books called "The library of useful stories" by the same publisher around about the last decade of the 19th century. Dimensions: W=4in, H=6in.The preview of the CreateSpace edition 2015-10-13 shows the 1909 American edition published by S.S. McClure Co., New York, which seems to be otherwise more or less the same as the tiny dark blue 1895 hardback edition which I have on my desk as I type. The most obvious difference is that the original landscape-format engraving of Saturn on March 4, 1884 on page 2 has been replaced by a portrait-format engraving where Saturn is more tilted towards the Earth. Presumably a later "image" has been used!The original 1895 edition has 202 pages, whereas the 1909 edition in the aforementioned Amazon preview has about 189 pages, the difference being due to the page size. The titles of the 13 chapters and one appendix are the same. The 1895 edition has the following page counts.1. Introductory statement (12 pages)2. The Sun (42 pages)3. Mercury (3 pages)4. Venus (9 pages)5. The Earth (21 pages)6. The Moon (12 pages)7. Mars (11 pages)8. The minor planets (5 pages)9. Jupiter (8 pages)10. Saturn (16 pages)11. Uranus (6 pages)12. Neptune (8 pages)13. Comets (33 pages)The first chapter gives the inclinations of the 8 planets relative to their orbits in a very nice diagram, Figure 2.Chapter 2 contains this little conversation starter."The illuminating power of the Sun [....] has been calculated to equal that which would be afforded by 5563 wax candles concentrated at a distance of one foot from the observer. Again, it has been concluded that no fewer than half a million of full moons shining all at once would be required to make up a mass of light equal to that of the Sun. I present all these conclusions to the reader as they are furnished by various physicists who have investigated such matters, but it is rather uncertain as to how much reliance can safely be placed on such calculations in detail."This kind of circumspect language is unsurprising from such a "Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple" as Chambers was.There is much fascinating historical background in this book, including various quotations from the classics such as Virgil and Homer. In the chapter on Mars, there are some interesting observations regarding snow on Mars in various seasons. There is a description of the observations by Schiaparelli of canals on Mars in 1877 and 1894. The author emphasizes that these canals are produced naturally, not by an "artificial agency".All in all, there are not many things to poke fun at in this book. It's fairly accurate in most things. Of course, there was no Pluto at that time. But otherwise, this book is as up-to-date as many books published 50 years later. Unfortunately there are no photos. Only some rather rough engravings.

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