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MORE SCIENCE FROM AN EASY CHAIR

by

Sir RAY LANKESTER
K.C.B., F.R.S.

With 34 Illustrations







Methuen & Co. Ltd.
36 Essex Street, W.C.
London

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Uniform with this Volume

1 The Mighty Atom Marie Corelli
2 Jane Marie Corelli
3 Boy Marie Corelli
231 Cameos Marie Corelli
4 Spanish Gold G. A. Birmingham
9 The Unofficial Honeymoon Doll Wyllarde
18 Round the Red Lamp Sir A. Conan Doyle
20 Light Freights W. W. Jacobs
22 The Long Road John Oxenham
71 The Gates of Wrath Arnold Bennett
81 The Card Arnold Bennett
87 Lalage's Lovers G. A. Birmingham
92 White Fang Jack London
108 The Adventures of Dr. Whitty G. A. Birmingham
113 Lavender and Old Lace Myrtle Reed
125 The Regent Arnold Bennett
135 A Spinner in the Sun Myrtle Reed
137 The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu Sax Rohmer
143 Sandy Married Dorothea Conyers
212 Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
215 Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
224 Broken Shackles John Oxenham
227 Byeways Robert Hichens
229 My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. & A. M. Williamson
259 Anthony Cuthbert Richard Bagot
261 Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs
268 His Island Princess W. Clark Russell
275 Secret History C. N. and A. M. Williamson
276 Mary All-alone John Oxenham
277 Darneley Place Richard Bagot
278 The Desert Trail Dane Coolidge
279 The War Wedding C. N. and A. M. Williamson
281 Because of these Things Marjorie Bowen
282 Mrs. Peter Howard Mary E. Mann
288 A Great Man Arnold Bennett
289 The Rest Cure W. B. Maxwell
290 The Devil Doctor Sax Rohmer
291 Master of the Vineyard Myrtle Reed
293 The Si-Fan Mysteries Sax Rohmer
294 The Guiding Thread Beatrice Harraden
295 The Hillman E. Phillips Oppenheim
296 William, by the Grace of God Marjorie Bowen
297 Below Stairs Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
301 Love and Louisa E. Maria Albanesi
302 The Joss Richard Marsh
303 The Carissima Lucas Malet
304 The Return of Tarzan Edgar Rice Burroughs
313 The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
315 The Flying Inn G. K. Chesterton
316 Whom God Hath Joined Arnold Bennett
318 An Affair of State J. C. Snaith
320 The Dweller on the Threshold Robert Hichens
325 A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
329 '1914' John Oxenham
330 The Fortune of Christina McNab S. Macnaughtan
334 Bellamy Elinor Mordaunt
343 The Shadow of Victory Myrtle Reed
344 This Woman to this Man C. N. and A. M. Williamson
345 Something Fresh P. G. Wodehouse

A short Selection only.


Uniform with this Volume

36 De Profundis Oscar Wilde
37 Lord Arthur Savile's Crime Oscar Wilde
38 Selected Poems Oscar Wilde
39 An Ideal Husband Oscar Wilde
40 Intentions Oscar Wilde
41 Lady Windermere's Fan Oscar Wilde
77 Selected Prose Oscar Wilde
85 The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde
146 A Woman of No Importance Oscar Wilde
43 Harvest Home E. V. Lucas
44 A Little of Everything E. V. Lucas
78 The Best of Lamb E. V. Lucas
141 Variety Lane E. V. Lucas
292 Mixed Vintages E. V. Lucas
45 Vailima Letters Robert Louis Stevenson
80 Selected Letters Robert Louis Stevenson
46 Hills and the Sea Hilaire Belloc
96 A Picked Company Hilaire Belloc
193 On Nothing Hilaire Belloc
226 On Everything Hilaire Belloc
254 On Something Hilaire Belloc
47 The Blue Bird Maurice Maeterlinck
214 Select Essays Maurice Maeterlinck
50 Charles Dickens G. K. Chesterton
94 All Things Considered G. K. Chesterton
54 The Life of John Ruskin W. G. Collingwood
57 Sevastopol and other Stories Leo Tolstoy
91 Social Evils and their Remedy Leo Tolstoy
223 Two Generations Leo Tolstoy
253 My Childhood and Boyhood Leo Tolstoy
286 My Youth Leo Tolstoy
58 The Lore of the Honey-Bee Tickner Edwardes
63 Oscar Wilde Arthur Ransome
64 The Vicar of Morwenstow S. Baring-Gould
76 Home Life in France M. Betham-Edwards
83 Reason and Belief Sir Oliver Lodge
93 The Substance of Faith Sir Oliver Lodge
116 The Survival of Man Sir Oliver Lodge
284 Modern Problems Sir Oliver Lodge
95 The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
126 Science from an Easy Chair Sir Ray Lankester
149 A Shepherd's Life W. H. Hudson
200 Jane Austen and her Times G. E. Mitton
218 R. L. S. Francis Watt
234 Records and Reminiscences Sir Francis Burnand
285 The Old Time Parson P. H. Ditchfield
287 The Customs of Old England F. J. Snell

A Selection only.

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MORE SCIENCE FROM AN EASY CHAIR

_First Issued in this Cheap Form in 1920_

_Originally published by Messrs. Adlard & Son in 1913_
_First published by Methuen & Co. Ltd. 1914_
_Second Edition 1915_
_Third Edition 1920_




PREFACE


The present volume is a reprint of that issued in 1912 with the title,
"Science from an Easy Chair: Second Series." It consists, like its
predecessors, of chapters originally published by me in the _Daily
Telegraph_, which I have revised and illustrated by a large number of
drawings. In order to render the issue of the present cheap edition
possible, it has been found necessary to restrict its size a little by
the omission of chapters dealing with Glaciers, Ferns and Fern-seed,
and the history of the Sea-squirts or Ascidians, which are contained
in the original larger book. My hope is that this collection of
papers, "about a number of things," may meet with as kind a reception
from my readers as that which they have accorded to its predecessors.

E. RAY LANKESTER

_July 1, 1920_




CONTENTS


CHAPTER PAGE

I. A DAY IN THE OBERLAND 1

Fertilization of Sage--The Edelweiss--The Jungfrau's
Breast--Contortions of Rock-strata--The Jungfrau
Railway--Mountain Sickness.

II. SWITZERLAND IN EARLY SUMMER 13

Alpine Flowers--Flowers of the Meadows and Woods--The
Herb Paris.

III. GLETSCH 19

From Baveno to the Rhone Glacier--A Glacier by the
Roadside--Changes in the Glacier.

IV. THE PROBLEM OF THE GALLOPING HORSE 25

The Cinematograph--Ancient Representations of Gallop--The
Dog in MycenŠan Art--What ought an Artist
to do?--Attention as a Condition of Seeing--Judgment
and Prejudice--Natural and Artificial Paces--Photographs
by Electric Spark--Use of Instantaneous
Photographs--Errors as to the Size of the Moon--The
Painter and the Moon--The Moon on the Stage.

V. THE JEWEL IN THE TOAD'S HEAD 55

The Decay of Credulity--A Sceptical Physician--How
to Test a Toadstone--Other Magical Stones--Medicinal
and Magical Stones.

VI. ELEPHANTS 65

The Indian and the African Elephant--Size of Modern
Elephants--Ears and Teeth of Elephants--Earliest
Elephants brought to Europe--The Elephant's Legs--Tusks
used in Digging--Elephants used in War--Geological
Strata since the Chalk--Ancestral Mammals--The
Typical or Ancestral Set of Teeth--The
Peculiarities of the Teeth of Elephants--Extinct
Relatives of Elephants--Ancestors of Elephants--Origin
of the Elephant's Trunk.

VII.



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