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Nature volume 113, page 709 (17 May 1924) | Download Citation



ALL readers of Fabre's works should find a place for this book on their shelves. Mr. Bicknell has here given us a vivid portrait of a very remarkable man whose talents and intellect appear to bear no relation to those of his peasant ancestors. Neither environment nor heredity afford any clue to the origin of this celebrated “mutation,” on whom the red ribbon of the Legion of Honour was conferred by Louis Napoleon. It is frequently thought that Fabre's attainments were confined to entomology: this, however, is far from the case, for he was at home in nearly all branches of natural science, and was no mean mathematician. An excellent frontispiece portrait enables the reader to visualise the incidents so skilfully described by the author.

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