By Jean Henri Fabre
Beginning with a mix of iron filings and sulphur, Uncle Paul awakens in his younger nephews a zeal to benefit extra in regards to the homes of the weather. via a chain of carefully-devised experiments and conversations concerning the experiments, he leads the men to an realizing of a few of the elemental rules of chemistry. first-class as a follow-on to "The tale e-book of Science" and "The mystery of daily issues" via an analogous writer. compatible for a while eleven and up.
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At the Blacksmith's Chapter XVIII. Hydrogen Chapter XIX. A Drop of Water Chapter XX. A Piece of Chalk Chapter XXI. Carbonic-Acid Gas Chapter XXII. Different Kinds of Water Chapter XXIII. Plants at Work Chapter XXIV. Sulphur Chapter XXV. Chlorin Chapter XXVI. Nitrogen Compounds CHAPTER I Introduction UNCLE PAUL is a man of some learning who waters his lettuce-plants and weeds his cabbages and turnips in the quiet of a humble little village. Staying with him are his nephews, Emile and Jules, young scholars already grappling with the intricacies of the rule of three and the pitfalls of the past participle, and both of them very eager to learn.
He was a youth of great promise, 'all fire, all flame'; of a serious nature; an exquisite being, of a precocious intelligence, whose rare aptitudes both for science and literature were truly extraordinary. Such too was the subtlety of his senses that by handling no matter what plant, with his eyes closed, he could recognize and define it merely by the sense of touch. This delightful companion of his father's studies had scarcely passed his fifteenth year when death removed him. A terrible void was left in his heart, which was never filled.
Was the emphatic reply. "I wish I could have lessons like this all day and every day. " "My dear young friends," their uncle admonished them, "don't let your enthusiasm for chemistry cause you to slight your grammar, if you wish to keep on good terms with me. Chemistry has its place but so has language and no small place, either. Don't neglect your conjugations, hard though they may seem to you. But now let us return to our subject of combination. "It is, as I have said, always accompanied by heat, sometimes by light.