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THE present volume of the new edition of Chambers's well-known “Encyclopædia” takes in words ranging from “Humber” to “Malta.” In every respect it is up to the level of the preceding volumes; and, as usual, scientific subjects have been entrusted to thoroughly competent writers. Under “Hydrophobia” M. Pasteur sketches his discoveries and practices in regard to rabies, while Mr. J. Arthur Thomson contributes “a brief unargumentative review of current adverse criticism.” There is an excellent article on insanity by Dr. T. S. Clouston. Prof. James Geikie writes on igneous rocks and other subjects; Prof. C. G. Knott on hydrodynamics and terrestrial magnetism; Dr. J. Anderson on lake dwellings; Dr. Alfred Daniel on light, lenses, and magnetism; Mr. R. T. Omond on lightning; and Mr. F. E. Beddard on the lion and the leopard. Iceland is described by M. Hjaltalin; India by Sir Richard Temple; the Indian Ocean by Dr. John Murray; the geography of Italy by Mr. W. D. Walker; and Madagascar by the Rev. J. Sibree.

Chambers's Encyclopædia.

New Edition. Vol. VI. (London and Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers, Ltd., 1890.)

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[Book Reviews]. Nature 43, 221–222 (1891).

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