The aim of this book is to give a general idea of the way in which Modern Science looks out on the world. By selecting a few salient illustrations, it seeks to show how the various sciences are disclosing the Order of Nature. It is hoped that it may be of service to the able minded reader who wishes an introduction of an informal type to the chief scientific problems of today. The book is meant to be suggestive as well as informative; and two characteristic features may be noted, for they are deliberate: the illustrations of scientific progress that have been selected are taken from all the great orders of facts – from astronomy to anthropology; and they deal not with easy things, but with the big problems that matter most.
Table of Contents
1. The Making of Worlds 2. The Immensity of the Universe 3. The Sun 4. Star light 5. The Changing Stage 6. The Radiant Energies 7. States of Matter 8. The Structure of Matter 9. Conservation of Matter and Energy 10. The Beginnings and the Basis of Life 11. The Peopling of the Sea 12. The Freshwaters and the Dry Land 13. The March of the Seasons: Spring and Summer 14. The March of the Seasons: Autumn and Winter 15. The Everyday Life of the Body 16. The Behaviour of Plants 17. The Behaviour of Animals 18. The Web of Life 19. The Curve of Life 20. Man in the Making 21. Man’s Early Inventions 22. Mystery of the Mind 23. The Beginnings of Society 24. Evolution INDEX
Sir John Arthur Thomson was a Scottish naturalist. He taught at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College from 1893 until 1899 then University of Aberdeen from 1899 until 1930, the year he was knighted.