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Methodical Nature Study

Nature volume 88, page 411 (25 January 1912) | Download Citation



THIS book is framed with the object of indicating a series of lessons on plants and animals, appropriate to each month in turn, so that the qualification “seasonable” would be more applicable than “methodical.” The author has found it difficult to maintain the study of animals throughout the winter months, and in some instances reverts to lessons based on pictures or to instruction without observation. The botanical syllabus follows very ordinary lines, but there is a notable omission of physiological experiments. The author is not sufficiently careful in his use of technical terms, as will be evident from a reading of p. 16; nor can his reasonings be freely accepted. There are many excellent illustrations from photographs by Charles Reid, Henry Irving, and Douglas English, which, however, are shorn of their value in a book concerned with the study of nature by direct observation.

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