Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Volume . 18-19

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Volume . 18-19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...& Fry, 1881. 71. Portrait. Engraving by S. Hollyer, after photograph from life by Elliott & Fry, 1881. 72. Portrait. (Property of H. F. Osborn.) 73. Portraits of Darwin's contemporaries. Eighty transparencies. 74. Interior of Darwin's Library. (Property of H. F. Osborn.) The exercises of the afternoon were held around the bust as a center. The President of the Academy, Mr. Charles F. Cox, called the meeting to order at about a quarter after three o'clock and delivered the following address: THE INDIVIDUALITY OF CHARLES DARWIN. By Charles F. Cox. We are assembled, at the invitation of an organization devoted to the dissemination of scientific knowledge, under the hospitable roof of an institution maintained for the promotion of systematic observation, for the purpose of honoring the memory of one of the greatest of seers. Charles Darwin, whose birthday we celebrate, was a man of the clearest mental vision born into a generation scientifically blind. He first, of those in his day accounted wise, was able to see all nature unfolding according to uniform and verifiable law. The outlook of other men called by his contemporaries scientists and philosophers was, as a rule, limited and obscured by a narrowing and hampering doctrine of supernatural intervention. It is hard for us, who are privileged to contemplate with admiring minds the harmonious interrelations of all natural phenomena, to realize that only fifty years ago it was commonly regarded as both irrational and immoral to believe that one great principle underlay the origin, maintenance, diversification and development of living forms and that that principle was discoverable through human investigation. During the ages previous to the memorable year 1859 a few bold thinkers, now...
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 544g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236879996
  • 9781236879998