Garrett Putman Serviss This is a novel book. Star-gazing was never more popular than it is now. In every civilized country many excellent telescopes are owned and used, often to very good purpose, by persons who are not practical astronomers, but who wish to see for themselves the marvels of the sky, and who occasionally stumble upon something that is new even to professional star-gazers. Yet, notwithstanding this activity in the cultivation of astronomical studies, it is probably safe to assert that hardly one person in a hundred knows the chief stars by name, or can even recognize the principal constellations, much less distinguish the planets from the fixed stars. And of course they know nothing of the intellectual pleasure that accompanies a knowledge of the stars. Modern astronomy is so rapidly and wonderfully linking the earth and the sun together, with all the orbs of space, in the bonds of close physical relationship, that a person of education and general intelligence can offer no valid excuse for not knowing where to look for Sirius or Aldebaran, or the Orion nebula, or the planet Jupiter. As Australia and New Zealand and the islands of the sea are made a part of the civilized world through the expanding influence of commerce and cultivation, so the suns and planets around us are, in a certain sense, falling under the dominion of the restless and resistless mind of man. We have come to possess vested intellectual interests in Mars and Saturn, and in the sun and all his multitude of fellows, which nobody can afford to ignore.
Garrett Putman Serviss O telescope, instrument of much knowledge, more precious than any scepter! Is not he who holds thee in his hand made king and lord of the works of God?" John Kepler. If the pure and elevated pleasure to be derived from the possession and use of a good telescope of three, four, five, or six inches aperture were generally known, I am certain that no instrument of science would be more commonly found in the homes of intelligent people. The writer, when a boy, discovered unexpected powers in a pocket telescope not more than fourteen inches long when extended, and magnifying ten or twelve times. It became his dream, which was afterward realized, to possess a more powerful telescope, a real astronomical glass, with which he could see the beauties of the double stars, the craters of the moon, the spots on the sun, the belts and satellites of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, the extraordinary shapes of the nebulæ, the crowds of stars in the Milky Way, and the great stellar clusters. And now he would do what he can to persuade others, who perhaps are not aware how near at hand it lies, to look for themselves into the wonder-world of the astronomers.
Garrett Putman Serviss The Second Deluge is a science fiction novel by Garrett P. Serviss, who climbed Matterhorn in order "to get as far away from terrestrial gravity as possible". It tells the story of a devastating flood across the entire earth, and of Cosmo Versal, a modern day Noah who faces public ridicule and disbelief towards his predictions and his Ark project.
Garrett Putman Serviss The point of view of this book is human interest in the other worlds around us. It presents the latest discoveries among the planets of the solar system and shows their bearing upon the question of life in those planets.
Garrett Putman Serviss What Froude says of history is true also of astronomy: it is the most impressive where it transcends explanation. It is not the mathematics of astronomy, but the wonder and the mystery that seize upon the imagination. The calculation of an eclipse owes all its prestige to the sublimity of its data; the operation, in itself, requires no more mental effort than the preparation of a railway time-table. The dominion which astronomy has always held over the minds of men is akin to that of poetry; when the former becomes merely instructive and the latter purely didactic, both lose their power over the imagination. Astronomy is known as the oldest of the sciences, and it will be the longest-lived because it will always have arcana that have not been penetrated.
Garrett Putman Serviss Containing a space battle, this is an alien abduction story. It has asteroid mining and functional spacesuits. It is a cornucopia of technical ingenuity. The hero of the story is the famous inventor, Thomas Edison himself.
Garrett Putman Serviss Curiosities of the Sky is a newly formatted edition of the 1909 popular astronomy classic.
Garrett Serviss wrote with a firm understanding of the science of the period. He was also graced with a delightful imagination and unequaled power of poetic expression in describing the wonders and mysteries of the universe.
A few of the topics covered:
The strange unfixedness of the `fixed stars.’ The slow passing of the constellations. The assembly of stars in immense clouds, swarms, and clusters. The starless gaps in the Milky Way. The marvelous phenomena of new, or temporary, stars. The amazing forms of the whirlpool, spiral, pinwheel, and lace, or tress, nebulae. The strange surroundings of the Sun. The mystery of the Zodiacal Light and the Gegenschein. The extraordinary transformations of comets and their tails. The prodigies of meteorites and masses of stone and metal fallen from the sky. The cataclysms that have wrecked the moon. The problem of life and intelligence on Mars. The problematical origin and fate of the asteroids. The strange phenomena of the auroral lights.
Garrett Putman Serviss pubOne.info thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. I am a hero worshiper; an insatiable devourer of biographies; and I say that no man in all the splendid list ever equaled Edmund Stonewall. You smile because you have never heard his name, for, until now, his biography has not been written. And this is not truly a biography; it is only the story of the crowning event in Stonewall's career.
Garrett Putman Serviss pubOne.info thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. What Froude says of history is true also of astronomy: it is the most impressive where it transcends explanation. It is not the mathematics of astronomy, but the wonder and the mystery that seize upon the imagination. The calculation of an eclipse owes all its prestige to the sublimity of its data; the operation, in itself, requires no more mental effort than the preparation of a railway time-table.
Garrett Putman Serviss pubOne.info thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. When the news came of the discovery of gold at the south pole, nobody suspected that the beginning had been reached of a new era in the world's history. The newsboys cried Extra! as they had done a thousand times for murders, battles, fires, and Wall Street panics, but nobody was excited. In fact, the reports at first seemed so exaggerated and improbable that hardly anybody believed a word of them. Who could have been expected to credit a despatch, forwarded by cable from New Zealand, and signed by an unknown name, which contained such a statement as this: