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Simon Newcomb

In 1860 a total eclipse of the sun was visible in British America.

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My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men.

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Though born in Nova Scotia, I am of almost pure New England descent.

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We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.

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Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which men will never have to cope.

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Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.

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My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher.

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My first undertaking in the way of scientific experiment was in the field of economics and psychology.

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Whenever a total eclipse of the sun was visible in an accessible region parties were sent out to observe it.

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A suggestion had been made to me looking toward a professorship in some Western college, but after due consideration, I declined to consider the matter.

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