The Outline of History

Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind

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I The World Before Man

1 The Earth in Space and Time

The earth on which we live is a spinning globe. Vast though it seems to us, it is a mere speck of matter in the greater vastness of space.

Space is, for the most part, emptiness. At great intervals there are in this emptiness flaring centres of heat and light, the «fixed stars». They are all moving about in space, notwithstanding that they are called fixed stars, but for a long time men did not realize their motion. They are so vast and at such tremendous distances that their motion is …

2 The Record of the Rocks
2.1 The First Living Things
2.2 How Old is the World?

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