Excerpt from Elements of Meteorology, Vol. 2: Part II; Meteorological Cycles The opening sentence sufficiently indicates without further remark that this volume by itself is incomplete, and that it must be preceded by ather, of which it is a mere episode, and in which general and more comprehensive principles are discussed. It may, however, be necessary to give an explanation of the amaly of publishing the Second Part first. In a sojourn in the Rocky Mountains, during the Summer of 1874, having leisure, I completed a work on Meteorology, based upon original researches, in which I have been engaged for over twelve years, the results of which I had been employed for the last five years in systematizing and elaborating, as time and opportunity offered. When completed I offered it to the Eastern publishers; but, with one exception, they all refused to look at it; and the exceptional case was a compromise, to get rid of importunity, by consenting to look at one Chapter. The following was the result: We have examined the manuscript, and we think you have treated the subject with signal ability, and that the work is likely to prove interesting, and which will attract the general attention of scholars and scientific men; but for purely business reasons we have decided t to undertake its publication. These business reasons, of course, were understood to be the same as those expressed by other publishers applied to: Nobody reads Science, but everybody reads vels; if you have any thing of the latter we will give it favorable consideration. This we would take as a compliment to our system of public education if it stopped with the first proposition, Nobody reads Science. But if the other proposition be just and true, that the mental cravings of the present generation, both young and old, are satisfied with the vapid and trashy romances and vels of the day, then it is the severest criticism of, and commentary upon, our system of public education, we have yet seen. If such be the result, then the less we have of it the better. After having devoted and spent the prime of my life in building up that system, I am loath to believe it; and take it to be that the public read vels because authors and the press do t furnish them any thing better. But what shall we think of Science that body reads? Ah! there's the rub. Science should be Wisdom; it should t only be Truth, but demonstrated Truth. Is this the case with what has been dignified as Science? We are afraid t. 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 techlogy 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.