AT the weekly services of many of our churches it is customary to begin with the reading of a verse or two from the Scriptures for the purpose, I suppose, of putting the congregations in the proper state of mind for the exercises which are to follow.
THE Society of Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 at Cornell University. Its godfather was Henry Shaler Williams, and its name, companions in zealous research, comrades in zeal, indicates as well as two words can, even in that wonderful language of the Greeks, the purpose of the society.
THE records of the earliest Greek astronomy are very meager. Pythagoras, in the sixth century B. C., held that the heavenly bodies, the earth included, were spheres. Pythagoras is supposed to have known that lunar phases were caused by illumination from the sun; and the curved line separating the bright and dark parts of the moon throughout the month would naturally suggest that it was not a flat disc but a globe.
THE CONSERVATION OF ENERGY IN THOSE OF ADVANCING YEARS.
J. MADISON TAYLOR
THE study of the conditions and changes in the tissues of human beings as they pass beyond middle age would seem at first sight to be of wide-spread interest. Upon the very simplest presentation of the matter it will be universally admitted to be of the greatest importance.
SPEAKING broadly, we know as yet of no fundamental reason why meteorite falls should be any more numerous upon one part of the earth ’s surface than upon another. Compared with the vast area of space in which meteorites wander, our earth is but a point, which draws into itself from time to time one of these masses.
THE organization and establishment of universities, colleges and institutes of learning in the middle west during the half century just past, has been a striking feature in the growth of that section of the country. The act of congress of 1861 to assist state universities by the grant of lands opened the way for the foundation of a number of colleges and universities under state control which have since become great institutions covering all branches of learning, notably the universities of Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri.
IN the recent International Catalogue of Scientific Literature, group theory is classed among the fundamental notions of mathematics. The two other subjects which are classed under this heading are 'foundations of arithmetic’ and 'universal algebra.’
CONVOCATION WEEK MEETINGS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES.
THE ST. LOUIS EXPOSITION AND ITS CONGRESS OF ARTS AND SCIENCE.
THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF CHEESE MAKING.
THERE is an accounting of scientific stock at the close of each year when the national scientific societies hold their annual meetings. There does not, however, exist either for this or any other country a census of scientific work and scientific men.