Comparative Geography

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J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1865 - Broj stranica: 190

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Stranica xvii - When Geography ceases to be a lifeless aggregate of unorganized facts, and becomes the science which deals with the earth as a true organization, a world capable of constant development, carrying in its own bosom the seeds of the future, to germinate and unfold, age after age, it first attains the unity and wholeness of a science, and shows that it grows from a living root; it becomes capable of systematic exposition, and takes its true place in the circle of sister sciences.
Stranica xx - Geography is the department of science that deals with the globe in all its features, phenomena, and relations, as an independent unit, and shows the connection of this unified whole with man and with man's Creator.
Stranica xxv - Ritter to study the physical structure of Europe and Asia, and thus to establish the new science of Comparative Geography. He says, " Whoever has wandered through the valleys and woods and over the hills and mountains of his own State, will be the one capable of following a Herodotus in his wanderings over the globe.
Stranica xiii - Circumnavigators must sail around the globe and tell their story to the world before the conjectures of science can have real weight with the popular mind in a matter so remote from the crude speculations of the ignorant as this. And less than one century and a half ago (in 1727) another step was taken, and the theory was propounded by Newton, that the Earth is a spheroid, and not a perfect sphere. Later investigations have determined that the spheroidal form is only an approximation to perfect accuracy,...
Stranica xv - The Earth is the grand floor, so to speak, of Nature ; the home, or rather the cradle, of men and of nations, the dwelling-place of our race. It is not merely a region of immense spaces, a vast superficies ; it is the theatre where all the forces of Nature and the laws of Nature are displayed in their variety and independencies. Besides this, it is the field of all human effort, and the scene of a Divine revelation.
Stranica 209 - Polynesia, and of too compact and unriftcd a central mass, as in Africa, are alike shunned. Both extremes could not fail to be injurious to the best interests of the population. The fullness and richness of nature might, perhaps, be inincreased ; but the effects on human life could not fail to be bad. Man's highest development does not consist with any extreme in the natural world : it is linked to the action and reaction of contrasts. In Polynesia, the district of extreme dismemberment, the Malays...
Stranica xxiv - If we compare these geographical treatises with those made in the interest of any other great department, we shall speedily discover that they indicate knowledge rather than science ; they form a mere aggregation and index of rich materials, a lexicon rather than a true text-book.
Stranica xxviii - It is to use the whole circle of sciences to illustrate its own individuality, not to exhibit their peculiarities. It must make them all give a portion, not the whole, and yet must keep itself single and clear.' The same note is struck by one of the greatest of later .builders in the same field, Vidal de la Blache, in the notable summary of his conception of geography given at the end of a long life mainly devoted to its advancement : ' Nous avons connu longtemps la...
Stranica xxi - ... assuming new grace by virtue of an external law,— but a world, taking on grandeur and worth, by virtue of an inward necessity. The individuality of the earth must be the watchword of re-created Geography. To think of the Earth, as a seed sown from the hand of God himself on the great fields of space, and filled with a germinant power of life, which will transform it more and more, and make it more and more worthy of its noblest inhabitant, is the first, as it is the last, idea which we must...
Stranica xxviii - It is to use the whole circle of sciences to illustrate its own individuality, not to exhibit their peculiarities. It must make them all give a portion, not the whole, and yet must keep itself single and clear. For the comprehension of mathematical geography, a knowledge of the elements of...

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