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Annual Record of Science and Industry for 1878

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IT again becomes our pleasant duty to call the attention of our readers to the excellent annual record of science edited by Mr. Baird, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. We think the editor has done wisely in discontinuing the division of the record into two parts, for hitherto the summary of progress has been followed by abstracts of papers. At present the second part has been merged into the first, so that summary of progress in the various branches of science now includes a large amount of detail; each summary being prepared by some recognised authority in the United States. As we have had occasion to remark before, the division on the physics of the globe, prepared by Mr. Cleveland Abbé, with the assistance of Prof. Roekwood, is, in our judgment, the most important contribution to the volume. The compilation and classification of the facts presented in this summary must have been a work of great labour, and the thanks of all physicists and meteorologists are due to Mr. Abbé for having so admirably carried out the task he has undertaken.

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