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To place before the youthful student a compact and concise compendium of the leading and most universally important branches of Science has been my principal object in the preparation of this little volume.
To adapt the work to the capacity of all, I have endeavoured to divest the different subjects treated in it of hard and dry technicalities, and to clothe them in the more attractive garb of fairy tales—a task by no means easy.
That I have been obliged, in the composition of the work, to consult a crowd of authorities, need
. hardly be stated, nor will any more formal enumeration or systematic acknowledgment be expected.
In the fanciful sketches which illustrate these pages, my friend Mr. C. H. Bennett has most fully entered into the spirit in which I conceived the work.
I have to tender my sincere thanks to my esteemed friend Dr. G. L. Strauss, who came to my aid, at a time when severe indisposition seemed to threaten that many of these Fairy Tales of Science should remain untold.
The Age of Monsters.
revealed by science The ancient ocean and its inhabitants
The Amber Spirit.
explanation of lightning and meteors— Man's devices for
wood—Universality of the mighty elements—Health and
The Life of an Atom.
atom – His relatives — His existence as a rock-forming
A Little Bit.
ultimate particles of a body never in actual contact-