Bedford Canal, England. A repeat of the 1870 experiment."A train of empty turf-boats had just entered the Canal from the river Ouse, andwas about proceeding to Ramsey. I arranged with the captain to place the shallowestboat last in the train, and to take me on to Welney Bridge, a distance of sixmiles. A good telescope was then fixed on the lowest part of the stern of the lastboat. The sluice gate of the Old Bedford Bridge was 5ft. 8in. high, the turf-boatmoored there was 2ft. 6in. high, and the notice board was 6ft. 6in. from the water.The sun was shining strongly upon them in the direction of the south-southwest; theair was exceedingly still and clear, and the surface of the water smooth as amolten mirror, so that everything was favourable for observation. At 1.15 p.m. thetrain started for Welney. As the boats gradually receded, the sluice gate, theturf-boat and the notice board continued to be visible to the naked eye for aboutfour miles. When the sluice gate and the turf-boat (being of a dark colour) becamesomewhat indistinct, the notice board (which was white) was still plainly visible,and remained so to the end of six miles. But on looking through the telescope allthe objects were distinctly visible throughout the whole distance. On reachingWelney Bridge I made very careful and repeated observations, and finding severalmen upon the banks of the canal, I called them to look through the telescope. Theyall saw distinctly the white notice board, the sluice gate, and the black turf-boatmoored near them.Now, as the telescope was 18in. above the water, The line of sight would touch thehorizon at one mile and a half away (if the surface were convex). The curvature ofthe remaining four miles and a half would be 13ft. 6in. Hence the turf-boat shouldhave been 11ft., the top of the sluice gate 7ft. 10in., and the bottom of thenotice board 7ft. below the horizon.My recent experiment affords undeniable proof of the Earth's unglobularity, becauseit rests not on transitory vision; but my proof remains printed on the negative ofthe photograph which Mr.Clifton took for me, and in my presence, on behalf ofJ.H.Dallmeyer, Ltd.A photograph can not 'imagine' nor lie!".
I am so defeated.
a Mod, like roundy?!
Does the earth rotate?by William Edgell
I vote for SecretUser as supreme overlord of google.
Why do we fall back to earth? Because our weight pushes us down, no laws, no gravity pulling us. It is the law of intelligence.
i was just swallowing it whole no problem.
Quote from: Tom Bishop on October 26, 2007, 06:35:41 PMDoes the earth rotate?by William EdgellI'd just like to say that I've tracked down an online copy of this book thanks to the assistance of a man named Alfred Armstrong at the phen375 website. I'm going to make an attempt to get links for as many of these online books as possible, as I think it's of historical importance for the society to document the history of FET. I've been investigating my university's library system, and I believe I may be able to track down books in libraries across the world, and possibly have them sent to my university's library, which would allow me to make digital copies for reference here.For some reason there's a horrible typo in the title of the book ('Dose' instead of 'Does', and I have two images of two different covers so I know it is a typo) as it's not a scan, but aside from that it seems to be accurate:Unfortunately this web version does not contain the illustrations from the book, though it does have decriptions.
Which of these is the best one to read first as a beginner? I'm thinking "Truth - The Earth is Flat".