Eyes and Ears

Eyes and Ears

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...have hairs and others have books. The leaves of plants and the petals of flowers under the microscope are found to be full of uncounted divisions that carry the juices to the pores." "Have plants and flowers pores too, aunty?" asked Rob. "Certainly; and these divisions are made of woody and soft fibres curiously interwoven. The pores seem to be the vessels of the plants cut apart, and of these there are hundreds of thousands, and they are beautifully carved and figured, and every kind difi"crently. Even the particles of sand on the seabeach and on the banks of rivers differ in the size and shape and color of their grains. Some are transparent and some opaque." " What is opaque, Aunt Ownie?" asked Caro. "It is the opposite of transparent, dear. Some have rough and others have smooth surfaces. Some are round, some oval, some pyramid shaped. Some are formed like cones, and some like prisms. "Then the animalcules are of all shapes and forms. Too small to be seen by the naked eye, in the microscope they look like living atoms. Some are like globes, others like wheels turning on an axis; some like two-headed monsters, others like cylinders. Others still are like worms, others like eels. Some of them are almost large enough to be seen by the naked eye, and others so small that the width of a hair would cover fifty or one hundred of them. Others are so very tiny that millions of millions of them could huddle together on a place the size of a square inch. In every pond and ditch and puddle; in pepper-vinegar'; in infusions of straw, of grass, oats and other vegetables; in paste and in common vinegar; on almost every plant and flower; in the rivers and lakes, --these tiny creatures are found...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815165
  • 9781236815163