The English Cyclopaedia; A New Dictionary of Universal Knowledge. Biography Volume 2

The English Cyclopaedia; A New Dictionary of Universal Knowledge. Biography Volume 2

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...had before been either undescribed or inaccessible to the student from the places in which they were published. Another point which enhances the value of this work is the care which the author bestowed in drawing up the descriptions of plants, which could not have been done so well by any one who possessed a less extensive herbarium and library than himself. But although the labour bestowed on this great work, and the judgment with which it was executed, have given it the most prominent position amongst his works, it can only be regarded as the result of an accurate knowledge of the structure and function of plants. On this subject he lectured for many years, and although frequently producing monographs on various departments of botany, which indicated his knowledge of vegetable anatomy and physiology, it was not till 1827 that he published his ' Organographie Vegetale.' In this work he proceeded on the principle of tracing each organ through all its several modifications of structure in the different plants in which it occurs, and of reducing every part to its organic elements. It is thus not a mere detail of particular structures, but a development of the great doctrino of metamorphosis, which Ifad bceu explained in his previous work on tho principles of classification. This work was followed in 1832 by one on the physiology of plants. This was a comprehensive digest of all that had been done up to the period at which it was written. It was however published at a time when the chemist and physiologist were both turning their attention to the functions of the vegetable, as affording the means of better understanding the nature of the functions of the animal, and consequently many of the views of the author have had to give way before more...show more

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  • Paperback | 1004 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 50mm | 1,751g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236636783
  • 9781236636782