Through Space & Time

Through Space & Time

Through Space & Time

Through Space & Time

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Every year for more than a century, the Royal Institution has invited some man of science to deliver a course of lectures at Christmastide in a style "adapted to a juvenile auditory". In practice, this rather quaint phrase means that the lecturer will be confronted with an eager and critical audience, ranging in respect of age from under eight to over eighty, and in respect of scientific knowledge from the aforesaid child under eight to staid professors of science and venerable Fellows of the Royal Society, each of whom will expect the lecturer to say something that will interest him.

The present book contains the substance of what I said when I was honoured with an invitation of this kind for the Christmas season 1933-4, fortified in places with what I have said on other slightly more serious occasions, both at the Royal Institution and elsewhere.

It is a pleasure to acknowledge many courtesies and return thanks for much valuable help. I am indebted to Sir T. L. Heath for permission to borrow largely from his Greek Astronomy and other books; to many Institutions, Publishers and private individuals for the loan of negatives, prints, blocks, etc., and permission to reproduce these in my book--detailed acknowledgment is made in the List of Illustrations. Finally, I have . . .

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