Elements of Meteorology, Vol. 2
Excerpt from Elements of Meteorology, Vol. 2: Part II; Meteorological CyclesThe opening sentence sufficiently indicates without further remark that this volume by itself is incomplete, and that it must be preceded by another, of which it is a mere episode, and in which general and more comprehensive principles are discussed. It may, however, be necessary to give an explanation of the anomaly of publishing the Second Part first.In a sojourn in the Rocky Mountains, during the Summer of 1874, having leisure, I completed a work on Meteorology, based upon original researches, in which I have been engaged for over twelve years, the results of which I had been employed for the last five years in systematizing and elaborating, as time and opportunity offered. When completed I offered it to the Eastern publishers; but, with one exception, they all refused to look at it; and the exceptional case was a compromise, to get rid of importunity, by consenting to look at one Chapter. The following was the result: "We have examined the manuscript, and we think you have treated the subject with signal ability, and that the work is likely to prove interesting, and which will attract the general attention of scholars and scientific men; but for purely business reasons we have decided not to undertake its publication." These "business reasons," of course, were understood to be the same as those expressed by other publishers applied to: "Nobody reads Science, but everybody reads novels; if you have any thing of the latter we will give it favorable consideration." This we would take as a compliment to our system of public education if it stopped with the first proposition, "Nobody reads Science." But if the other proposition be just and true, that the mental cravings of the present generation, both young and old, are satisfied with the vapid and trashy romances and novels of the day, then it is the severest criticism of, and commentary upon, our system of public education, we have yet seen. If such be the result, then the less we have of it the better. After having devoted and spent the prime of my life in building up that system, I am loath to believe it; and take it to be that the public read novels because authors and the press do not furnish them any thing better.But what shall we think of Science that nobody reads? "Ah! there's the rub." Science should be Wisdom; it should not only be Truth, but demonstrated Truth. Is this the case with what has been dignified as Science? We are afraid not.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.