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LIII. Letter from Professor Loomis of New York University to Lieut.-Colonel Sabine, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society, of the Determination of Differences of Longitude Made in the United States by Means of the Electric Telegraph, and on Projected Observations for Investigating the Laws of the Great North American Storms. In The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine, and Journal of Science. Third Series. Vol. 31, No. 209, November, 1847, p. 338Ð341.

Loomis, Elias

Published by London. Richard and John E. Taylor, Printers and Publishers to the University of London. ., 1847
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Pp. 221Ð400. 8vo. Elias Loomis (1811Ð89), was born in Connecticut, educated at Yale, where he first taught natural science and, with Olmsted, was the first Americans to identify Halley's comet when it reappeared in 1835. He taught at Western Reserve College and then at NYU, 1844Ð60. A brief intervening stint at Princeton was terminated by the social hostility in New Jersey toward natives of Connecticut. After 1860, he succeeded Olmsted at Yale. He devised the system of isobars on weather maps, wrote extensively on meteorology, astronomy and mathematics. He, early on, measured the earth's magnetic field. His texts on algebra & geometry, the calculus and trigonometry were extremely popular and widely translated. In this paper the author describes a system of recording telegraphic signals struck in one city at regular intervals and calibrating their reception in others with the aid of accurately justified clocks, thus giving their longitudinal separation of each locale. His purpose is meteorological observation of the great storms of North America, Here he solicits, in this letter describing his observational system, the aid of the Royal Society in getting permission of the British government and the Hudson Bay Company for the cooperation of Canada in sponsoring experiments with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, This interest in magnetic storms and the Aurora Borealis occupied much of Loomis's later career, especially his work on the Great Auroral Exhibition of 1859. 1/2" chip from head of spine with 1" tear along hinge of front wrapper. Soiling of front cover. Else, Very Good. Dict. Sci. Biog. (for Loomis) Printed blue paper wraps.Frnt edge and foot untrimmed. Bookseller Inventory # 11128

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Title: LIII. Letter from Professor Loomis of New ...

Publisher: London. Richard and John E. Taylor, Printers and Publishers to the University of London. .

Publication Date: 1847

Edition: First Edition.

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