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The Planet Earth An Astronomical Introduction to Geography



    IT is, perhaps, one of the consequences of the antiquity of astronomy that it is not now usually presented to the youthful mind in a thoroughly scientific manner. The established truths of the science, in so far as they concern the earth's place as a planet, though once so astounding to mankind, are now so commonplace that the educational advantages of a study of the phenomena which brought them to light are frequently overlooked altogether. As in the case of geography, information rather than education appears to be the principal aim of astronomical teaching when it is not carried beyond the elementary stage which it reaches in schools; although, when properly handled, there is no subject better calculated to lead the mind into a scientific groove.

    The Planet Earth. An Astronomical Introduction to Geography.

    By R. A. Gregory (London: Macmillan and Co., 1894.)

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