Report of the Annual Meeting, Volume 41

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Contents

Seventh Report of the Committee for Exploring Kents Cavern Devon
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Dr Andrews on the Dichroism of the Vapour of Iodine
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Fourth Report of the Committee for the purpose of investigating the rate
14
Mr Robert Stawell Balls Account of Experiments upon the Resistance
20
Report on Observations of Luminous Meteors 187071 By a Com
26
Professor J D Everett on Units of Force and Energy
29
Fifth Report of the Committee consisting of Henry Woodward F G S
53
Report of the Committee appointed for the purpose of Superintending
59
It A Wright and Charles II Piksse on tho Oxidation products
83
Second Provisional Report on the Thermal Conductivity of Metals
97
Dr Moffat on Geological Systems and Endemic Disease
107
Third Report on the British Fossil Corals By P Martin Duncan
116
The Rev Thomas Brown on Specimens of Fossilwood from the Base of
128
Report on the Heat generated in the Blood during the process of Arteria
137
Report of the Committee appointed to consider tho subject of Physiolo
144
Dr Charnock and Dr Carter Blake ou the Physical Mental and Philo
148
Mr John Dalzell and Dr T E Thobpe on the Existence of Sulphur
157
Report of the Committee appointed to get cut and prepared Sections
165
MajorGeneral Abramof on the Principality of Karategin
174
Letters from M Lavoisier to Dr Black
189
Address by Lord Neaves one of the Lords of Session President of the Sec
191
lleport on the practicability of establishing A Close Time for the pro
197
Colonel Sir J E Alexander on Sanitary Measures for Scottish Villages
200
Report of tho Committee appointed for the purposo of promoting
201
NOTICES AND ABSTRACTS
1
Mr Robert Stawell Balls exhibition and description of a Model of
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W Merrifield on certain Families of Surfaces 18
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Dr J II Gladstone and Alfred Tribe on the Corrosion of Copper Tlates
29
Address by Archibald Geikie F R S President of the Section 87
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J Brown on the Silurian Rocks of the South of Scotland 03
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The Rev J Gunn on the Agency of the Alternate Elevation and Subsidence
100
C Mialls further Experiments and Remarks on Contortion of Rocks 100
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The Rev W S Symonds on the Contents of a Hyaenas Den on the Great
109
Dr Charlton Bastian on somo new Experiments relating to the Origin
122
Botany
128
Colonel Playfair on the Hydrographical System of the Freshwater Fish
134
Professor Humphry on the Caudal and Abdominal Muscles of the Crypto
140
Dr John Beddoe on the Anthropolygy of the Merse 147
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Dr Eugene A Coxwell on an Inscribed Stone at Newhaggard in
149
Moggridoe on Bones and Flints found in the Caves at Mentone and
156
Staniland Wake on Man and the Ape 162
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Captain Cirawo on Cagayan Sulu Island 170
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Captain F Elton on the Limpopo Expedition 178
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Dr R J Mann on the Formation of Sandbars 184
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Capt Ward on the American Arctic Expedition 190
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Lydia E Becker on some Maxims of Political Economy as applied to
201
Mr Samuel Brown on the Measurement of Man and his Faculties
210
Dr Georoe Smith on Indian Statistics and Official Reports
220
Mr Philip Braham on an Apparatus for working Torpedoes
229
Mr A B Brown on a directacting Combined Steam and Hydraulic Crane
231
Mr Thomas Gillott on Designing Pointed Roofs
239
Professor Balfour on tho Cultivation of Ipecacuanha in the Edinburgh
248
on Degeneration of Race in Britain 148
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Address by Professor Andrews F R S L E President of the Section 60
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Mr Thomas Ainsworth on the Facts developed by the Working of Hrenia
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Page cv - It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth...
Page cv - There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.
Page 118 - But expectation is permissible where belief is not ; and if it were given me to look beyond the abyss of geologically recorded time to the still more remote period when the earth was passing through physical and chemical conditions, which it can no more see again than a man can recall his infancy, I should expect to be a witness of the evolution of living protoplasm from not living matter.
Page 118 - With organic chemistry, molecular physics, and physiology, yet in their infancy, and every day making prodigious strides, I think it would be the height of presumption for any man to say that the conditions under which matter assumes the properties we call " vital " may not, some day, be artificially brought together.
Page lxxxv - WHAT needs my Shakespeare for his honoured bones The labour of an age in piled stones ? Or that his hallowed reliques should be hid Under a star-ypointing pyramid ? Dear son of memory, great heir of fame, What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name ? Thou in our wonder and astonishment Hast built thyself a livelong monument.
Page xci - Accurate and minute measurement seems to the non-scientific imagination a less lofty and dignified work than looking for something new. But nearly all the grandest discoveries of science have been but the rewards of accurate measurement and patient long-continued labour in the minute sifting of numerical results.
Page 269 - B. Powell, Report on the Present State of our Knowledge of Refractive Indices, for the Standard Rays of the Solar Spectrum in different media ; — Report on the Application of the Sum assigned for Tide Calculations to Rev.
Page cv - Hence, and because we all confidently believe that there are at present, and have been from time immemorial, many worlds of life besides our own, we must regard it as probable in the highest degree that there are countless seed-bearing meteoric stones moving about through space. If at the present instant no life existed upon this earth, one such stone falling upon it might, by what we blindly call natural causes, lead to its becoming covered with vegetation.
Page 272 - Dove on his recently constructed Maps of the Monthly Isothermal Lines of the Globe, and on some of the principal Conclusions in regard to Climatology deducible from them ; with an introductory Notice by Lieut.-Col.
Page ciii - organic cells," or " protoplasm." But science brings a vast mass of inductive evidence against this hypothesis of spontaneous generation, as you have heard from my predecessor in the Presidential chair. Careful enough scrutiny has, in every case up to the present day, discovered life as antecedent to life. Dead matter cannot become living without coming under the influence of matter previously alive. This seems to me as sure a teaching of science as the law of gravitation.

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