Sunday, September 25, 2016

James Nasmyth, the Man Obsessed with the Moon

"In his book, 'The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite', he was hoping to demonstrate that the surface of the moon had formed as its molten body shrank and gradually cooled and shrivelled, just the way human skin wrinkles with age."

"...the shrunken hand on the other side is that of Mr. Nasmyth, photographed by himself. It exhibits a thoroughly mechanical hand, as well as the hand of a delicate manipulator illustrating that remarkable expression in the book of Job that 'in the hand of all the sons of men God places marks, that all the sons of men may know their own works'.

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