Life of James Ferguson, F.R.S.: In a Brief Autobiographical Account, and Further Extended Memoir. With Numerous Notes and Illustrative Engravings

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A. Fullarton & Company, 1870 - Astronomers - 503 pages


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Page 207 - And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Page 207 - Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Page 207 - And after three-score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Page 207 - Know, therefore, and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Page 469 - And I consent to the registration hereof in the books of council and session, or any other judges books competent; therein to remain for preservation; and thereto I constitute my procurators, &c.
Page 14 - ... length between my eye and the stars, sliding the beads upon it till they hid such and such stars from my eye, in order to take their apparent distances from one another ; and then, laying the thread down on a paper, I marked the stars thereon by the beads, according to their respective positions, having a candle by me.
Page 25 - take a long, thin piece of whalebone ; hold one end of it fast between your finger and thumb, and wind it round your finger; it will then endeavour to unwind itself; and if you fix the other end of it to the inside of a small hoop, and leave it to itself, it will turn the hoop round and round, and wind up a thread tied to the outside of the hoop.
Page 167 - Be it remembered, that on the day of in the year of his majesty's reign, and in the year of our Lord...
Page 38 - ... and conversing with gentlemen on these subjects ; which, for that time, put all thoughts of astronomy out of my mind, and I had no inclination to become acquainted with any one there who taught either mathematics or astronomy : for nothing would serve me but to be a doctor. At the end of the second year I left Edinburgh, and went to see my father, thinking myself tolerably well qualified to be a physician in that part of the country ; and I carried a good deal of medicines, plasters, &c.
Page 27 - Two large globular stones stood on the top of his gate ; on one of them I painted with oil colours a map of the terrestrial globe, and on the other a map of the celestial...

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