Circular[s] of Information Volume 5-6

Circular[s] of Information Volume 5-6

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... liberality of several gentlemen in Boston. Later (1837) the legislature of Massachusetts gave about 1,500 geological specimens, which were sufficiently complete to illustrate the geology of the State. From these various sources there had been collected up to the year 1840 over 26,000 specimens, which were scientifically arranged and displayed in eases. This cabinet is now in Boylston Hall, but it is to be moved shortly to the university museum. Through the efforts and influence of Prof. Josiah P. Cooke, probably better known to the grcat body of graduates than any other professor, Harvard's mineralogical collection has grown to be one of the best and most complete of any museum in the world. This and the one at Yale are the best in America, and the only collections in Europe which surpass them are those in the British Musc1un, 'tl'e museums at Vienna and at Paris. This collection is also to form a part of the university museum.0 As early as 1840 the college had a well-nigh complete philosophical apparatus, being only delicient in the means of illustrating the "numerous phenomena known by the name of the polarization of light. ' In 1820 great interest was taken in the "Panorama of Athens," which was painted by Barker and Burford, and presented to the university by Theodore Lyman, esq. It was subsequently burned. By 1848 Harvard had expanded into five distinct departments, each of which had its separate instructors, funds, pupils, and objects. These were divided into the college and the schools of theology, law, medicine, and science, and were under the control of the president and fellows of Harvard College, though subject to the visitorial power of the board of overseers. Not only were the funds for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 612g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236874242
  • 9781236874245