Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Google eBook)

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Page xxi - The objects of the Association are, by periodical and migratory meetings, to promote intercourse between those who are cultivating science in different parts of America, to give a stronger and more general impulse and more systematic direction to scientific research, and to procure for the labors of scientific men increased facilities and a wider usefulness.
Page 357 - ... several of our young people were formerly brought up at the colleges of the northern provinces; they were instructed in all your sciences, but when they came back to us, they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy, spoke our language imperfectly, were therefore neither fit for hunters, warriors, nor counsellors; they were totally good for nothing.
Page 219 - Provence, after all the olive trees, which there formed regular forests, and which were frozen in 1822, had been cut down, a great number of springs failed entirely, and that in the city of Orleans, after the surrounding heights had thus been cleared, nearly all the wells dried up, making it necessary to conduct the headwaters of the River Little Loire into the city. A Swiss engineer and hydraulic expert, Robert...
Page 242 - It does give him a supremacy by his greater power of selfmaintenance in the struggle of the world, but that has nothing whatsoever to do with his morphological rank. There is nothing in morphology that anywise justifies assigning, as is actually done, an almost infinitely greater systematic value to the specialization of the brain and a specialization of the limbs, stomach, teeth, face, etc., hence it is impossible to call man even the highest mammal. It is also doubtful whether mammals would...
Page 306 - ... the thumb and forefinger of each hand, the hands first touching each other, and then slowly moving apart, as if stretching a piece of gum-elastic. Some special resemblances exist between the language of signs and the character of the oral languages found on this continent. Dr. J. Hammond Trumbull remarks of the composition of the words that they were " so constructed as to be thoroughly selfdefining and immediately intelligible to the hearer.
Page 1 - Schonfeld was named as its representative by the Astronomische Gesellschaft. Unfortunately, the somewhat voluminous correspondence of your committee has been delayed by the great distances to be traversed, and although the following plans are under consideration by the committees named above, final action has not yet been taken. Stars may be conveniently divided according to their brightness into three classes : I. Lucid stars, or those brighter than the sixth magnitude. These stars will form...
Page 340 - If a Chinese traveller, during the middle ages, inquiring into the history and religion of the western nations, had confounded King Alfred with King Arthur, and both with Odin, he would not have made a more preposterous confusion of names and characters than that which has hitherto disguised the genuine personality of the great Onondaga reformer.
Page 219 - Como, 13 per cent, between 1842 and 1862, due in each case, says Senator Torrelli, of Italy, to the clearings around their feeders. A remarkable illustration of the fact that the clearing of hilly, countries is likely to result in the complete failing of springs is given by Mr. Ney, who states that in the Provence, after all the olive trees, which there formed regular forests, had been frozen in 1822 and cut down, a great number of springs failed totally, and...
Page 219 - Milwaukee river, even while the area from which it receives its supply is but partially cleared, that the proprietors of most of the mills and factories have found it necessary to resort to the use of steam, at a largely increased yearly cost, to supply the deficiency of water-power in dry seasons of the year.
Page 306 - In the ever-shifting state of a nomadic society no debased coin can be tolerated in language, no obscure legend accepted on trust. The metal must be pure and the legend distinct...

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