Light Science for Leisure Hours


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In preparing these Essays, my chief object has been to present scientific truths in a light and readable form—clearly and simply, but with an exact adherence to the facts as I see them. I have followed—here and always—the rule of trying to explain my meaning precisely as I should wish others to explain, to myself, matters with which I was unfamiliar. Hence I have avoided that excessive simplicity which some seem to consider absolutely essential in scientific essays intended for general perusal, but which is often even more perplexing than a too technical style. The chief rule I have followed, in order to make my descriptions clear, has been to endeavour to make each sentence bear one meaning, and one only. Speaking as a reader, and especially as a reader of scientific books, I venture to express an earnest wish that this simple rule were never infringed, even to meet the requirements of style.
It will hardly be necessary to mention that several of the shorter Essays are rather intended to amuse than to instruct. - Summary by the Preface (9 hr 40 min)

Chapters

The Prefaces 4:12 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Strange Discoveries respecting the Aurora 18:11 Read by Tylar Farmer
The Earth a Magnet 25:50 Read by Tylar Farmer
Our Chief Time-piece losing Time 23:18 Read by Melissa Jean
Encke the Astronomer 5:11 Read by Ashley M.
Venus on the Sun’s Face 38:07 Read by jcrosbie
Britain’s Coal Cellars 51:36 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Secret of the North Pole 24:28 Read by Melissa Jean
Is the Gulf Stream a Myth? 34:37 Read by Linda Johnson
Floods in Switzerland 10:09 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
A Great Tidal Wave 8:51 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Deep-Sea Dredgings 12:13 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Tunnel through Mont Cenis 10:27 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Tornadoes 29:01 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
Vesuvius 45:03 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Earthquake in Peru 12:34 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Greatest Sea-Wave ever known 34:36 Read by Lynda Marie Neilson
The Usefulness of Earthquakes 26:16 Read by Linda Johnson
The Forcing Power of Rain 10:56 Read by Linda Johnson
A Shower of Snow-Crystals 3:49 Read by April6090
Long Shots 9:13 Read by April6090
Influence of Marriage on the Death-Rate 12:47 Read by Linda Johnson
The Topographical Survey of India 22:19 Read by Linda Johnson
A Ship attacked by a Sword-fish 5:19 Read by April6090
The Safety-lamp 10:26 Read by realisticspeakers
The Dust we have to Breathe 4:11 Read by Clive Catterall
Photographic Ghosts 4:28 Read by Clive Catterall
The Oxford and Cambridge Rowing Styles 7:58 Read by jcrosbie
Betting on Horse Races: or, the State of the Odds 27:44 Read by Linda Johnson
Squaring the Circle 15:36 Read by Peter Yearsley
A New Theory of Achilles’ Shield 31:27 Read by Linda Johnson