Chambers's Information for the People, Volume 2

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William Chambers, Robert Chambers
W. & R. Chambers, 1842 - Encyclopedias and dictionaries

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Page 259 - IF a straight line fall upon two parallel straight lines, it makes the alternate angles equal to one another; and the exterior angle equal to the interior and opposite upon the same side; and likewise the two interior angles upon the same side together equal to two right angles...
Page 257 - Magnitudes which coincide with one another, that is, which exactly fill the same space, are equal to one another.
Page 162 - The electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves...
Page 195 - Now, by Common Sense is meant, I apprehend (when the term is used with any distinct meaning), an exercise of the judgment unaided by any Art or system of rules; such an exercise as we must necessarily employ in numberless cases of daily occurrence; in which, having no established principles to guide us — no line of procedure, as it were, distinctly chalked out — we must needs act on the best extemporaneous conjectures we can form. He who is eminently skilful in doing this is said to possess a...
Page 170 - The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either; yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs, and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong, indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without .believing them to have sprung from some common source, which perhaps no longer exists.
Page 258 - For, if AB be not equal to AC, one of them is greater than the other : let AB be the greater, and from it cut (i.
Page 41 - I could distinguish by a telescope every sail, the general rig of the ship, and its particular character; insomuch that I confidently pronounced it to be my father's ship the Fame, which it afterwards proved to be; though, on comparing notes with my father, I found that our relative position at the time gave our distance from one another very nearly thirty miles, being about seventeen miles beyond the horizon, and some leagues beyond the limit of direct vision.
Page 195 - But that common sense is only our tecoiid-best guide — that the rules of art, if judiciously framed, are always desirable when they can be had— is an assertion for the truth of which I may appeal to the testimony of mankind in general ; which is so much the more valuable, inasmuch as it may be accounted the testimony of adversaries. For the generality have a strong predilection in favour of...
Page 109 - In vain is coolness sought for ; all bodies in which it is usual to find it deceive the hand that touches them. Marble, iron, water, notwithstanding the sun no longer appears, are hot. The streets are deserted, and the dead silence of night reigns every where. The inhabitants of towns and villages shut themselves up in their houses, and those of the desert in' their tents, or in pits they dig in the earth, where they wait the termination of this destructive heat.
Page 188 - The mind, in communicating its thought to others, does not only need signs of the ideas it has then before it, but others also, to show or intimate some particular action of its own, at that time, relating to those ideas. This it does several ways ; as, is, and is not, are the general marks of the mind affirming or denying.

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