The Structure of Animal Life: Six Lectures Delivered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in January and February, 1862

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C. Scribner, 1866 - 128 páginas
 

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Página 58 - It isnotone kind that commences and completes the structure to the summit. One kind does a part of the work, and then ceases ; another kind comes in and continues the work for a while, and ceases in its turn ; and so on till it is completed. Here we have a slanting shore ; suppose at six hundred feet distance from the shore the depth is ten or twelve fathoms. It will be a favorable level for the formation of a succession of reefs ; for the animals which begin to work live at that depth.
Página 6 - ... there is, I shall not say so much the mark of design on all outward things, as an experience forced in upon the mind of the thoughtful naturalist, that, penetrate into nature wherever he may, thought has been there before him ; that, to quote the words of one of the most distinguished, " there is really a plan, a thoughtful plan, a plan which may be read in the relations which you and I, and all living beings scattered over the surface of our earth, hold to one another.

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Born at Motier, Switzerland, Louis Agassiz was taught by his parents until the age of ten. Later, as a penurious student and professor in Paris, this Swiss naturalist and geologist studied fish classification and produced the monumental five-volume treatise on extinct marine organisms, Recherches sur les poissons fossiles (1833--43). His second period of research was devoted to the study of Swiss glaciers. The results were published as Etudes sur les glaciers (1840). The widespread hunger for scientific knowledge in the early nineteenth century took Agassiz to the United States in 1846, where he became a professor of zoology and geology at Harvard University. A skilled lecturer and popular and devoted teacher, Agassiz revolutionized the study of natural history by promoting the open-minded observation and interpretation of nature, as opposed to reliance on traditional classification systems. The Agassiz approach was adopted by an entire generation of scientists. Agassiz established a museum of comparative zoology, now the Agassiz Museum at Harvard. His famous "Essay on Classification" is included in his four-volume Contributions to the Natural History of the United States (1857-62). The poet Ezra Pound ranked Agassiz as a writer of prose whose precise knowledge of his subject led to great exactitude of expression.

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