Miscellanea Curiosa, Vol 1


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"The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence." (from its Mission Statement). As scientists have explored the world around them, observed and tried to explain natural phenomena, they have been invited to present papers to the Royal Society. Edmond Halley (of Halley's Comet fame) was an eminent member of the society and gathered together some of the most interesting papers of his day. Today, we may see errors in the logic or calculations, based on current knowledge, but these papers are unedited and as presented at the time and show how scientific knowledge was expanding in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Summary by Lynne Thompson (12 hr 37 min)

Chapters

Introduction 27:15 Read by Lynne T
An Estimate of the Quantity of the Vapours Raised out of the Sea Derived from E… 21:06 Read by clarinetcarrot
The True Theory of the Tides, Extracted from that Admired Treatise of Mr. Isaac… 25:17 Read by Kathleen Moore
A Theory of the Variation of the Magnetical Compass. By Mr. Ed. Halley, Fellow … 27:25 Read by Barbara Baker
An Account of the Cause of the Change of the Variation of the Magnetical Needle… 37:19 Read by Barbara Baker
An Historical Account of the Trade Winds and Monsoons, observable in the Seas b… 41:27 Read by Barbara Baker
A Discourse of the Rule of the Decrease of the height of the Mercury in the Bar… 32:06 Read by NoelBadrian
A Letter of Mr. Isaac Newton, Professor of the Mathematicks in the University o… 29:00 Read by Keren Turton
A farther Explanation of the same Theory. 9:26 Read by Amy Gramour
An introductory Essay to the Doctrine of Sounds, containing some Proposals for … 35:00 Read by MaryAnn
A Discourse concerning the Modern Theory of Generation, by Dr. George Garden of… 21:30 Read by Anna Simon
A short Discourse concerning Concoction: Read at a Meeting of the Royal Society… 33:37 Read by Jim Locke
A Discourse concerning some Influence of Respiration on the Motion of the Heart… 36:03 Read by Carol
A Discourse concerning some Influence of Respiration on the Motion of the Heart… 32:20 Read by Carol
Some Thoughts and Experiments concerning Vegetation. By John Woodward, M. D. of… 31:33 Read by Ann Boulais
Some Thoughts and Experiments concerning Vegetation. By John Woodward, M. D. of… 35:30 Read by Ann Boulais
An Account of the Measure of the thickness of Gold upon Gilt Wire; together wit… 5:00 Read by Lynne T
An Account of the several Species of Infinite Quantity, and of the Proportions … 6:13 Read by K.G.Cross
An Account of Dr. Robert Hook's Invention of the Marine Barometer, with its Des… 7:37 Read by Paula Priebe
A Discourse concerning the Proportional Heat of the Sun in all Latitudes, with … 16:48 Read by TriciaG
Concerning the Distance of the Fix'd Stars. By the Honourable Francis Roberts, … 4:15 Read by Paula Priebe
The Famous Mr. Isaac Newton's Theory of the Moon. 22:50 Read by Availle
An Estimate of the Degrees of the Mortality of Mankind, drawn from curious Tabl… 41:58 Read by Kalynda
A Discourse concerning Gravity, and its Properties, wherein the Descent of Heav… 55:06 Read by Cynthia Brooks
A Proposition of general Use in the Art of Gunnery, shewing the Rule of laying … 8:36 Read by Paula Priebe
A Discourse concerning the Measure of the Airs Resistance to Bodies moved in it… 28:31 Read by TriciaG
An Analytical Resolution of certain Equations of the Third, Fifth, Seventh, Nin… 11:18 Read by TriciaG
An Instance of the Excellence of the Modern Algebra, in the Resolution of the P… 23:53 Read by TriciaG
A Discourse concerning the Action of the Sun and Moon on Animal Bodies; and the… 21:49 Read by TriciaG
A Discourse concerning the Action of the Sun and Moon on Animal Bodies; and the… 27:22 Read by TriciaG