ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE, the last survivor of the great group of British naturalists of the nineteenth century, passed away on November 7, 1913, in the ninety-first year of his age and the sixtyfourth year of active service and productiveness.
THE student of public affairs finds much in the course of nineteenthcentury development in which the friends of orderly progress may well take heart. For one thing, the world underwent a great advance materially. In 1800, the appliances for producing wealth and the modes of transportation did not differ greatly from those that had been in vogue for hundreds of years.
Difficulties Confronting Investigation of Toxicity
Later Experiments and Units of Measure
DR. J. FRANK DANIEL
IN a previous study on “The Discovery and Nature of Alcohol,”1 we have seen that the various alcohols differ among themselves as to their molecular weights and boiling points. These two differences characterizing the alcohols are associated further with a difference in toxicity or poisonous effect. This we shall now consider.
IMAGINE, if you please, a low river bluff—thirty or forty feet high— faced with a masonry of red sandstone and crowned with warlike battlements, beyond which rise the tiled roofs of low-built houses and fantastic outlines of quaint old temples.
IF some acute and unconventional enquirer should raise the question whether the governing ideal of the American college is and ought to be severely intellectual, the man who takes things at their face value would experience a shock. He has never supposed that any other sort of ideal was conceivable.
ALTHOUGH we depend to a large degree upon lower animals for food and clothing, the necessity for their protection and the best methods of caring for them do not seem to be fully appreciated. If the Biblical statement concerning the creation is accepted as it is usually interpreted, namely, that man is the foreordained master over dumb creation, our responsibility for its protection is clear.
DURING the past year I have had the rare opportunity to observe the forests and to learn something of the general forest policy of various European countries. My interest in this subject prompts me to present a few notes. I am glad to do this because in this country the subject of forestry is now claiming, and is bound to receive, greater attention than has heretofore been given to it.
IN the historical development of any branch of science three steps may generally be traced. First, there is the growth, frequently in disconnected masses, of a body of data. A few of the more readily grasped facts may find quantitative expression. These formulæ, whether expressed in words or in mathematical terms, prepare the way for the second stage, in which investigation is directed toward the discovery of connecting links between otherwise isolated observations.
THE NEW BUILDINGS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
THE POSITION OF PROFESSORS IN THE MEDICAL SCHOOL
WORK has begun on the new buildings for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and it is expected that they will be occupied two years hence. It will be remembered that after long discussion it was decided that a new site for the institute was required, and after the accession of Dr. Richard C. Maclaurin to the presidency and a gift of $500,000 from Mr. Coleman du Pont, land was purchased in Cambridge fronting the Charles River basin.
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Absorption and Emission Centers of Light and Heat, W. W. STRONG, 240 Alcohol, Motive, G. T. W. PATRICK, 249 ; from a Scientific Point of View, J. FRANK DANIEL, 550 American Land Values, Increase of, SCOTT NEARING, 491 Ancient Man, his Environment and his Art, GEORGE GRANT MACCURDY, 1 ANDREWS, E. BENJAMIN, Education through Reading, 139 ANGELL, FRANK, Gustav Theodor Fechner, 40