The Fairyland Tales of Science

The Fairyland Tales of Science

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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: ...Gray thought so, when he expressed in saddening words the parallel of human life and flowers: --" Full many a flower is born to blush unseen." Yet the recent investigations of scientific men have to a great extent dissipated this theory. No doubt, all whose sensitiveness to outward nature is not deadened by a hard worldly life derive an indescribable gladness from the presence of flowers. They are among the first objects that forcibly attract the attention of young children, becoming to them the source of gratifications which are among the purest of which our nature is capable, and of which even the indistinct recollection imparts often a fleeting pleasure to the most cheerless moments of after-life. The universal heart of man in his best moods blesses flowers! They are wreathed round the cradle, the marriage altar, and the tomb. They deck the brow of the youthful bride; and where is there a lovelier type of marriage? As they expand their light and soul-like petals, they teach us how akin they are to human things. " They are Nature's jewels, with whose wealth she decks her summer beauty." "If," says Schiller, " thou wouldst attain to thy highest, go look upon a flower; what that does willessly, that do thou willingly." Yet the beauty of the flowers is not for man's pleasure. The purpose of the varied tints and exquisite forms, as well as of the fine odours, is not for man's gratification. It is for the protection of the plant's health. How this is effected we will now explain. But let us first of all, in a few words, look at the type construction of a flower. It usually consists of four series of organs, differing widely in form and oflice, but, as was prophesied in...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882725
  • 9781236882721