Biology, with Preludes on Current Events by Joseph Cook

Biology, with Preludes on Current Events

byJoseph Cook

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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. 1877. Excerpt: ... BIOLOGY. i. HUXLEY AND TYNDALL ON EVOLUTION. In 1868 Professor Huxley, in an elaborate paper in the Microscopical Journal, announced his belief that the gelatinous substance found in the ooze of the beds of the deep seas is a sheet of living matter extending around the globe. The stickiness of the deep-sea mud, he maintained, is due to innumerable lumps of a transparent, jelly-like substance, each lump consisting of granules, coccoliths, and foreign bodies, embedded in a transparent, colorless, and structureless matrix. It was his serious claim that these granule-heaps, and the transparent gelatinous matter in which they are embedded, represent masses of protoplasm. 1. To this amazingly strategic and haughtily trumpeted substance found at the lowest bottoms of the oceans Huxley gave the scientific name Bathybius, from two Greek words meaning deep and sea, and assumed that it was in the past, and would be in the future, the progenitor of all the life on the planet. "Bathybius," was his language, "is a vast sheet of living matter enveloping the whole earth beneath the seas." 2. No less a man than David Friedrich Strauss, who, in 1872, wrote " The Old Faith and New," his last work, used Bathybius as a presumably triumphant keystone of the physiological portion of his argument against the belief in the supernatural (The Old Faith and New, sect. 48). This deep-sea ooze he made the bridge between the inorganic and the organic. "At least two miracles or revelations," wrote Jean Paul Richter, face to face with the French Revolution, " remain for you uncontested in this age, which deadens sound with unreverberating materials. They resemble an Old and a New Testament, and are these,--the birth of finite being and the birth of life within the hard wood of matter. In...

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Title:Biology, with Preludes on Current EventsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217446965

ISBN - 13:9780217446969

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