HAD Ovid not let Pythagoras say this intentionally of the Earth he might be credited with having meant it for Mars. So startlingly apposite is its application to the history of Martian discovery. For the verse expresses to a presentment the course of man’s acquaintance with that planet.
THE pessimism with which some recent writers regard the university outlook in our country is, unfortunately, not wholly unreasonable. Yet the conditions, far though they be from the ideal, are not such as to make one despondent.
THE WORLD-VIEW OF A SCIENTIST: ERNST HAECKEL’S PHILOSOPHY.*
PROFESSOR FRANK THILLY
IN 1892 Ernst Haeckel, the celebrated biologist, delivered an address before a society of naturalists, in which he outlined his creed, his ‘Glaubensbekenntniss eines Naturforschers.’ This address was printed under the title ‘Monism as a Bond between Religion and Science,’ and is now in its tenth edition.
HISTORY recites an incident in which eels played the part of an executioner. The sentence a rich Roman, Vedius Pollio, passed upon his offending slaves was, ‘ Away to the Murænæ. ’ Slave-fattened eels were a Roman delicacy, and there was probably more gastronomy than justice in this edict.
THE time for the final consideration of words commencing with M for the great English Dictionary is now very near at hand, and I venture to offer suggestions respecting one in very general use whose etymology has been misunderstood and erroneously stated in all the published English and American dictionaries; that word is mammal or mammals.
THAT weather conditions affect trade and industry has long been known, but few studies of these relations have yet been made. The hope of being able to determine, in a somewhat critical way, the dependence of trade and industry in the United States upon the general weather conditions from week to week, has induced the writer to give some attention to this subject for a year past.
Evidence from the House of Hohenzollern in Prussia.
The Hapsburg Lip.
FREDERICK ADAMS WOODS
Here we find a very different condition. Let us begin with the founder of the family’s influence, Frederick William, the Great Elector of Brandenburg. The great elector (1620-1688) was a man of the highest attainment and force of character.
SIR,—To perform my late promise to you, I shall without further ceremony acquaint you, that in the beginning of the year 1666 (at which time I applied myself to the grinding of optic glasses of other figures than spherical,) I procured a triangular glass prism, to try therewith the celebrated phaenomena of colours.
To the Editor:—In his admirable article, ‘ University Building,' in the August number of THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY, President Jordan has made some assertions that seem in a measure contradictory, and which may tend to retard the very spirit of research which he so heartily commends.
THE CARNEGIE INSTITUTION AND THE MARINE BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY.
SCIENCE IN AMERICAN JOURNALS.
A GRADUATE SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE.
BIOGRAPHIES OF EMINENT CHEMISTS.
THE COMPARATIVE GROWTH OF BACTERIA IN MILK.
THE first information made public in regard to the policy of the Carnegie Institution, beyond the original outline presented by Mr. Carnegie in his deed of gift and some very general statements made by President Gilman and other members of the executive committee, is the announcement that the corporation of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole has voted to transfer its buildings and equipment to the trustees of the Carnegie Institution. This gift can not be accepted until the trustees hold their November meeting, but it was stated to the corporation of the laboratory that the executive committee of the Carnegie Institution would recommend that the laboratory be made a branch of the institution and liberally developed, money being appropriated for buildings and $20,000 a year for current expenses. It is rumored further that a geophysical laboratory will be established at Washington and supported on a large scale.