Annual of Scientific Discovery: Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art

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Gould, Kendall, and Lincoln, 1869
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Page 310 - Hence ovules and pollen grains — the fertilized seed or egg, as well as buds — include and consist of a multitude of germs thrown off from each separate atom of the organism.
Page 310 - Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm — a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms, inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven.
Page 369 - University on the condition of the State Cabinet of natural history, and the historical and antiquarian collection annexed thereto.
Page 275 - ... science the animal body is just as much the product of molecular force as the stalk and ear of corn, or as the crystal of salt or sugar.
Page 274 - And now let us pass from what we are accustomed to regard as a dead mineral to a living grain of corn. When it is examined by polarized light, chromatic phenomena similar to those noticed in crystals are observed.
Page 276 - In affirming that the growth of the body is mechanical, and that thought, as exercised by us, has its correlative in the physics of the brain, I think the position of the .' Materialist' is stated, as far as that position is a tenable > one. I think the materialist will be able finally to maintain this position against all attacks; but I do not think, in the present condition of the human mind, that he can pass beyond this position.
Page xi - A time may therefore come when this ultra-scientific region by which we are now enfolded may offer itself to terrestrial, if not to human investigation. Two-thirds of the rays emitted by the sun fail to arouse in the eye the sense of vision. The rays exist, but the visual organ requisite for their translation into light does not exist.
Page 274 - This tendency on the part of matter to organize itself, to grow into shape, to assume definite forms in obedience to the definite action of force, is, as I have said, all-pervading. It is in the ground on which you tread, in the water you drink, in the air you breathe. Incipient life, as it were, manifests itself throughout the whole of what we call inorganic nature.

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