The Adventure of Life

The Adventure of Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...to the force of gravity. He can raise himself, and stand erect. Or fill a test-tube with boiling water and keep it in a room where the temperature of the atmosphere is only 40 Fahrenheit. In process of time, if one immerse a thermometer in the water, it will give a reading which corresponds exactly with the temperature of the surrounding atmosphere. But place a healthy man anywhere on the face of the globe--in the Arctic circle, or on the equator--and with a carefully tested thermometer take his temperature under the tongue. The reading will be constant, viz. 98.4,0 Fahrenheit, or, if it vary at all, it will only be by a fraction of a degree, for the chemistry of living things enables the qualities of the living thing to remain identical even in conditions of change. So that chemical and physical processes, conditioned by the activities of life, differ from similar processes met with in things inanimate. An undiluted mechanistic, physico-chemical, or materialistic conception of life, call it what you will, seems to present us with ever fresh difficulties. "When the microscope was first developed to that height of excellence with which we are familiar to-day, there were some who thought that the secret of life would be deciphered in the minute structure of the cell. But, marvelous though the results of microscopical investigation have been, and interesting as are the facts concerning the minute structure of the cell-nucleus, the spongioplasm and the hyaloplasm which patient, disciplined, and keen-eyed scientists have discovered, the secret of life has proved to be out of the range of the most powerful lens. From the point of view of the functional activity of the cell, microscopical research had been almost sterile. The microscopist has...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236534255
  • 9781236534255