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The International Scientific Series

THE

Conservation Of Energy

BEING AN ELEMENTARY TREATISE

ON ENERGY AND ITS LAWS

Balfour Stewart, M.A. LL.D. F.R.S.

PROFESSOR OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY AT THE OWENS COLLEGE, MANCHESTER

WITH FOURTEEN ILLUSTRATIONS

Henry S. King & Co.

65 Cornhill & 12 Paternoster Row, London
1873

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PREFACE.

We may regard the Universe in the light of a vast physical machine, and our knowledge of it may be conveniently divided into two branches.

The one of these embraces what we know regarding the structure of the machine itself, and the other what we know regarding its method of working.

It has appeared to the author that, in a treatise like this, these two branches of knowledge ought as much as possible to be studied together, and he has therefore endeavoured to adopt this course in the following pages. He has regarded a universe composed of atoms with some sort of medium between them as the machine, and the laws of energy as the laws of working of this machine.

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