The Astronomical History of the World
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LM Publishers
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anglais
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The Astronomical History of the World

LM Publishers

AideEAN13 : 9782366598070
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The information which geologists derive from the evidences of organic remains
does not wholly satisfy the keen appetite of educated minds for a knowledge of
the mysteries of Nature and the revolutions of past times. The relics
disentombed from our globe give no clew to its origin; and they throw but
little light on the great physical events which transpired before life
appeared on its surface. There are, however, reasonable hopes that the records
which are wanting on this earth may be supplied from the heavens; and that
some general cause, to which the numerous orbs of celestial space are indebted
for their existence, may be revealed from the peculiar character of their
movements, or from some of the mysterious phenomena which they occasionally
exhibit. In associating his researches with those of the geologist, and in
taking cognizance of the great events in the course of time, the astronomer
may enhance the value of the inquiries which more commonly fall to his lot. A
knowledge of the condition of the earth in past ages is calculated to give
much insight into the state of similar orbs in remote space; and opinions of
the habitability of other planets must be more valuable in proportion as
geology and terrestrial physics show more definitely how our globe acquired
and how long it can retain the conditions necessary for the maintenance of
life.

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