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The content material and language mirror the ideals, practices and terminology in their time, and feature no longer been up-to-date. Cambridge collage Press needs to clarify that the reissue of out-of-copyright books now not initially released by way of Cambridge doesn't mean any wisdom or advocacy of the reissue undertaking at the a part of the unique writer. THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE PLATE I. THE DEPTHS OF house A Cluster of Nebulae in Coma Berenices. it is a photo of a minute piece of the sky, all in favour of the biggest telescope in lifestyles (Mount Wilson, 100-inch). the vast majority of gadgets are nebulae, at a distance such that their mild takes 50 million years to arrive us. each one nebula comprises a few millions of hundreds of thousands of stars, or the cloth for his or her formation. approximately million such nebulae should be photographed in all, and there are possibly hundreds of thousands of thousands of others past the variety of any telescope (see p. fifty seven) THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE by means of SIR JAMES denims O. M. , F. R. S. CAMBRIDGE on the collage PRESS 1948 CAMBRIDGE collage PRESS Cambridge, big apple, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape city, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Delhi Cambridge college Press The Edinburgh construction, Cambridge CB2 8RU, united kingdom released within the u . s . by means of Cambridge college Press, ny www. cambridge. org details in this name: www. cambridge. org/9780521054171 © Cambridge collage Press 1930 This book is in copyright. topic to statutory exception and to the provisions of proper collective licensing agreements, no copy of any half may possibly occur with out the written permission of Cambridge college Press. First released 1930 Reprinted (with additional corrections) 1930 moment version 1931 Reprinted (with corrections) 1933 Reprinted 1948 This digitally published model 2008 a listing checklist for this e-book is on the market from the British Library ISBN 978-0-521-05417-1 hardback ISBN 978-0-521-09001-8 paperback CONTENTS Foreword web page vii Chapters I The demise sunlight II 1 the recent global of recent Physics thirteen III subject and Radiation forty IV Relativity and the Ether 70 V Into the Deep Waters Index one zero one 139 Plates I II The Depths of house The Diffraction of sunshine and of Electrons frontispiece dealing with web page 37 And now, I acknowledged, permit me convey in a determine how a long way our nature is enlightened or unenlightened:—Behold! humans residing in an underground cave, which has a mouth open in the direction of the sunshine and achieving all alongside the cave; right here they've been from their early life, and feature their legs and necks chained so they can't circulation, and will in basic terms see sooner than them, being avoided by way of the chains from turning around their heads. Above and in the back of them a fireplace is blazing at a distance, and among the fireplace and the prisoners there's a raised approach; and you'll see, if you happen to glance, a low wall outfitted alongside the best way, just like the monitor which marionette avid gamers have in entrance of them, over which they convey the puppets. I see. And do you notice, I acknowledged, males passing alongside the wall sporting every kind of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made up of wooden and stone and diverse fabrics, which look over the wall?...