Harper's New Monthly Magazine,  7 (1883–84), 640–47.

Editor's Literary Record



Regular Feature, Review

Publications reviewed:

Crosland 1884 Millington 1884


Astronomy, Heterodoxy, Magnetism, Force, Periodicals, Reading, Disability

    Observes that the 'somewhat startling little volume' produced by Newton Crosland 'undertakes to explain the phenomena of the universe upon principles quite opposed to the theories of Sir Isaac Newton and the conventional orthodox teaching of the present day'. Crosland 'believes the Sun and heavenly bodies to be gigantic fountains of magnetic substance, centres of polarised force acting upon our globe and its atmosphere', and 'in support of this theory his arguments are, to say the least, extremely interesting and ingenious, however little we may be disposed to accept them'. Comments that Crosland's book is the 'development of a paper which he contributed to Fraser's Magazine in 1876, when it received a good deal of attention from the press'. (642) Also notices a book 'concerning the best printing for the eyes' which argues that a 'change should be made in the prevailing style of printing, and especially in the school books, in which the badness and smallness of the type go far to impair the eye-sight of the rising generation'. In an introduction to the book, Robert B Carter 'proposes the laying down of a standard to test acuteness of vision in young people; which is as easy as testing their weight or locomotive powers'. (644)

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