MARINE LABORATORY OF THE CARNEGIE INSTITUTION, TORTUGAS, FLA.
ALFRED GOLDSBOROUGH MAYER
LEXANDER EMMANUEL RODOLPHE AGASSIZ, only son of Louis Agassiz, was born at Neuchâtel, Switzerland, on December 17, 1835. The great English statistician Galton found that men who attain eminence in science are nearly always sons of remarkable women, and Alexander Agassiz was no exception to this rule.
THERE has been a revolution in the physical science of to-day compared with the physical science of twenty-five years ago. In the first place there has been a revolution in the methods of teaching science. The physics laboratory of the University of Berlin was founded in 1863, the Cavendish Laboratory, of Cambridge, in 1874.
MATHEMATICAL DEFINITIONS IN TEXT-BOOKS AND DICTIONARIES
STATE NORMAL SCHOOL, STEVENS POINT, WIS.
DR. JOS. V. COLLINS
THE word definition is defined as “ fixing the bounds of,” or “ determining the precise signification of.” It may be distinguished from the word description by saying that the latter merely makes its object known by words or signs, very often by some non-essential quality, as a lady by her dress.
ACADEMIC SECRETARY, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CAL. THE public press has recently engaged in a spirited discussion of the affairs of the fur seals of Bering Sea which is remarkable for the popular misapprehension it discloses of the real facts of this problem, which has been before the public as a national and international issue for a quarter of a century.
THE PALEONTOLOGIC RECORD THE CONTINUITY OF DEVELOPMENT
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
DR. W. D. MATTHEW
CONTINUITY of development in a broad sense hardly calls for discussion here. The paleontologie evidence in its favor is so extensive and so universal that the perfection of the proof is merely a question of the completeness of the evidence.
AS nearly every one now admits the validity of the arguments in favor of the derivations of the existing groups of organisms from previous somewhat different organisms through the operation of natural causes, I will not enter upon a discussion of the truth of the theory of organic evolution, nor will I present the results of phylogenetic studies.
THE sciences concerned with man and the conditions most favorable to his physical, mental and moral development have received a great deal of attention during the last quarter of a century and the results are most striking. It is found that there is tremendous waste of adult human life in preventable deaths and injuries caused by disease and accidents, and immense waste of human energy in idleness and misapplied effort, while morality is shown to depend to a much greater extent than was formerly supposed upon proper housing, feeding and recreative and social opportunities.
TO preside over this section is to incur a responsibility which I confess somewhat alarms me ; for the president may, by virtue of his temporary office, be regarded as speaking with authority on the subjects with which he deals. Now, it is my desire to speak about university education, and for this purpose I must say something of school education; but I would have it understood that I really know little about the actual conduct of modern school teaching.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR J. PEASE NORTON’S recent article on “ The Cause of Social Progress and of the Rate of Interest ” contains a notable contribution to economic theory. His analysis of the way in which other factors contribute to the value of the work of the genius is most acute, and his reasoning is, up to a certain point, entirely sound.
THE HARPER MEMORIAL LIBRARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM MR. ALEXANDER AGASSIZ.
THERE was laid recently the corner stone of the library building to be erected at the University of Chicago as a memorial to William Rainey Harper, the first president of the university. Dr. Harper died on January 10, 1906, and shortly thereafter it was decided to secure a fund for a library to be named in his honor.