What May Be Learned From A Tree

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byHarland Coultas

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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.1859 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. The Rhythms Or Oscillations Of Growth In The DevelopMent OP TREES ARE DURABLY IMPRESSED ON THEIR ORGANISM, AND THE ORGANIZATION OF MAN IS EQUALLY AS SUSCEPTIBLE OF RECEIVING AND RETAINING IMPRESSIONS FROM WITHOUT. In the consideration of a tree, we have to deal, not with a product of crystallization, such as the lead tree, or the dendritic formations on a frozen window, but with matter living and organized. Now, although it may be difficult to point out the bounding line between the animal and vegetable kingdom, because a decided characteristic distinction between the animal and vegetable cell is wanted, yet the limit between living and lifeless Nature is easily denned. In living Nature, The Cell predominates as the fundamental organ; its absence characterizes the lifeless creation, whose fundamental form is The CRYSTAL. The crystal grows by additions of matter to its surface; the cell grows from within, and not from without. The crystal, throughout its entire mass, consists of the same chemical principles, arranged in the same manner, and in the same proportions; but the walls of the cell and its fluid contents are chemically different from each other. The parts of the crystal, held together by the power of mutual attraction, remain at rest, side by side, without exercising any reciprocal influence on each other; but the cells of plants, which united together form their tissues, or the solid substance of their organs, act and react upon each other and upon the sap as it passes through them. Cell and crystal cannot therefore be compared with one another; for the cell lives, but the crystal is dead. The celebrated Naturalist Linnaeus, thus expresses himself in his Philosophical Botany. "Stones grow. Vegetables grow and live. Animals grow, live, a...

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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.1859 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. The Rhythms Or Oscillations Of Growth In The DevelopMent OP TREES ARE DURABLY IMPRESSED ON THEIR ORGANISM, AND THE O...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217656080

ISBN - 13:9780217656085

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