Excerpt from What We Know About the Stars But every intelligent person should do more than merely spy out what his own eyes will see. He should have some real knowledge of what we know about the stars, - their distances, move ments, variableness, inter-relations their probable origin, progress as stars, possible destiny. The subject popularly treated is not so diﬂicult of understanding in many of its branches, and is by no means fanciful. Astronomy is a real thing; a genuine manifestation of the manifold glories of past ages; a presage of new evolutions in the future; a rescript of the visible thought and mind of God. It is another open book of Revelation, and, like the Bible itself, is both milk for the babe and meat for the strong. Of course we do not mean to say that astron omy is so exact a science that all its problems are as demonstrable as a problem in Euclid. There are mere guesses connected with it, but these only surround its truths with a halo of romance. So far as real problems are solved it is an exact science. That the astronomers are enabled to cal culate, hundreds of years in advance, the precise moment of the transit of Venus across the Sun, or of an eclipse of the sun or moon, or when a cer tain comet is due to appear, only proves that facts have been acquired which are exact, and that the machinery of the heavens does not run on by chance but under fixed laws. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.