A Letter to M. Ricardo, Esq: In Reply to His Letter to Dr. Yates, on the Proposed Method of Pneumatic Transmission, Or Conveyance by Atmospheric Pressure

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Creasy and Baker; and sold by R. Loder; also at Messrs. Baldwin and Company's ... London, 1827 - 118 pàgines

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Pàgina 2 - And what of this new book the whole world makes such a rout about ?' ' Oh ! 'tis out of all plumb, my lord, — quite an irregular -thing ! Not "one of the angles at the four corners was a right angle. I had my rule and compasses, my lord, in my pocket.
Pàgina 92 - Arkwright; a man to whose genius this country is indebted for very much of its commercial prosperity ; to whose improvements in the machinery for spinning cotton, we are indebted for being enabled to keep the cotton trade chiefly confined to ourselves. What, I say, was the great Arkwright? A barber. Yet...
Pàgina 53 - It is far from my wish to promulgate to the world that the ridiculous expectations, or rather professions, of the enthusiastic speculist will be realised, and that we shall see engines travelling at the rate of twelve, sixteen, eighteen, or twenty miles an hour. Nothing could do more harm towards their general adoption and improvement than the promulgation of such nonsense.
Pàgina 97 - ... navigation, but Brindley, furnished with ample resources, persevered, and conquered all the embarrassments, occasioned by the nature of the undertaking, and by the passions and prejudices of individuals. Having completed the canal as far as Barton, where the river Irwell is navigable for large vessels, he proposed to carry it over that river by an aqueduct thirty-nine feet above the surface of the water. This was considered as a chimerical and extravagant project; and an eminent engineer said,...
Pàgina 2 - Grant me patience, just Heaven! Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world — though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst — the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Pàgina 22 - Her properties are wonderful, and her motion is fearfully rapid. She can not only sail before the wind, but is actually capable of beating to windward. It requires an experienced hand to manage her, particularly in tacking, as her extreme velocity renders the least motion of the rudder of the utmost consequence. A friend of mine, a lieutenant in the navy, assured me, that he himself last year had gone a distance of...
Pàgina 96 - At the period of the construction of the first steam engine upon his principles at Soho, the intelligent and judicious Smeaton, who had been invited to satisfy himself of the superior performance of the engine by his own experiments upon it, and had been convinced of its great superiority over Newcomen's, doubted the practicability of getting the different parts executed with the requisite precision ; and augured, from the extreme difficulty of attaining this desideratum, that this powerful machine,...
Pàgina 2 - tis out of all plumb, my lord, quite an irregular thing — not one of the angles at the four corners was a right angle — I had my rule and compasses, &c., my lord, in my pocket.
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