Scientific Amusements for Young People

Scientific Amusements for Young People

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...of the whole of the human bodies which were undergoing dissection at the Webb Street School of Medicine. The phosphorescence commenced in one of the subjects, and a portion transferred by a scalpel to the other dead bodies, conferred the same property upon them. The effect was extremely wonderful, not to say fearful; it reminded one of the ghostly story of "Frankenstein," and suggested the fanciful notion of the resuscitation of these poor remains of human mortality. NO. IV.--PHOSPHORESCENT LIVING ANIMALS. The glowworm (described with many other j/C' Common Objects of the Country," by the Rev. J. C. Wood) is not a worm, but a beetle. The hundred-legged worm found in decayed poplar wood, or under lime, bricks, and pots in the garden, emits flashes of light when irritated by a little warm water. Fig. 43. Male and female glowworm. Whilst, in tropical climates, the Lantern and Firefly have been the theme of admiration of every traveller. NO. V.--THE PHOSPHORESCENCE OF THE SEA. Dr. Young and others are of opinion that it is caused by microscopic mollusks. "Every time," says the doctor, "I threw a net into the water I withdrew i t full of biphores, heroes, and medusae. In one single drop I discovered myriads of small beings moving rapidly about, and at every contraction of these animalculae the emission of light became more intense.... I had placed in a glass vase some gigantic biphores; I saw them alternately rise and fall in the water, and all their movements were accompanied by a jet of fire, which increased the luminous intensity of the liquid fourfold." The French Minister of Marine lately received a report from Captain Tre'buchet, of the Capricieuse corvette, dated Amboyna, August 28th, 1860, in which he more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236508041
  • 9781236508041