(1852 - 1942)
“A lens of ice will focus a solar beam”
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George Iles added a chapter to his book Canadian Stories called 'Jottings from a Notebook.' It contained a collection of short epithets, most one or two sentences long. A prefatory note says they “have in part appeared in the Century Magazine, New York”. The subject quote was complete in two sentences, so there is no further context on its subject given by George Iles. He did, however, make another comment about fire in Canadian Stories, when he added a footnote, quoting from his earlier book, Flame, Electricity, and the Camera (1900). Iles contrasted the flame-kindling of man millennia ago with electricity as its modern replacement, for example, in the mineral extraction industry to part copper from its compounds by providing intense heat in the core of a crucible:
In other brief 'Jottings' he mentioned “Form” in other ways, such as:
Iles also jotted the word “Form” with an excellent metaphor:
As regards how practical it is to use a lens of ice to make fire, there are several webpages to read, including the well-illustrated Starting Fire With an Ice Lens by Bob Gillis.
- Science Quotes by George Iles.
- George Iles - context of quote A lens of ice will focus a solar beam - Medium image (500 x 250 px)
- George Iles - context of quote Superstition is a premature explanation - Medium image (500 x 250 px)
- George Iles - context of quote Superstition is a premature explanation - Large image (800 x 400 px)