Moxly's Theory of the Tides

Moxly's Theory of the Tides
Moxly's Theory of the Tides
Excerpt from Moxly's Theory of the Tides: With a Chapter of Extracts From Moxly's Original WorkFrom my earliest years as a navigator I always wanted to know the reason why, and Tides were the one subject in which I could never supplement practice with theory. Time after time I read the dynamical theory, only to throw it aside and console myself with the reflection that if I could make nothing of it, the great bulk of the tides were in the same predicament and refused to obey it.If I sometimes wondered whether there could be anything wrong with the theory, I never ventured to say so, till I accidentally came across the account of Moxly's lecture at the Royal United Service Institution. At first, thinking that he was probably a "crank," I never took the trouble to read it, till one evening I had nothing else to do. The same night I wrote to the author, telling him that I endorsed his views, and felt for the first time in my life that I understood how tides were produced. Since then we have worked together to perfect the new theory, for it was hardly to be expected that every detail would be accurate in the first attempt on a subject which has puzzled some of the greatest mathematicians and astronomers. Going back to the fountain head, an original copy of Newton's Principia, we examined it and the works of later writers, with the result that I beheve the theory now put forward will stand the test of time. In ten years not one of our contentions has been disproved, or even seriously disputed, so that although our views have not yet received the sanction of authority, I am so confident of their soundness that I feel it cannot be withheld indefinitely. Practical men see at once how such so-called anomalies as the one-day tides are (and have to be) produced, if our principles are admitted, and the navigator will, I believe, welcome a theory which accounts for actual tides, instead of making the majority of them irregular and mysterious.The four short chapters here set forth are reproductions of articles which I pubUshed in the Australian and New Zealand Press. Appearing at intervals of over three months, each had to be more or less complete in itself, but the reiteration thus entailed will not be regretted if it makes the subject clearer. Perhaps, too, when thus administered in hom?opathic doses, it will be more easily assimilated, and indicate the line of thought that we followed in the pursuit of truth.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.