Annual of Scientific Discovery
Excerpt from Annual of Scientific Discovery: Or, Year-Book of Facts in Science and Art, for 1854, Exhibiting the Most Important Discoveries and Improvements in Mechanics, Useful Arts, Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, Astronomy, Meteorology, Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy, Geology, Geography, Antiquities The whole number of members at present belonging to the Association, is upwards of 600. The Association adjourned on Tuesday, the 2d of August, to meet in Washington, on the bust Wednesday of April, 1854. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year. Prof. Jas. D. Dana, of New Haven, President; Prof. J. Lovering, of Cambridge, General Secretary; Prof. J. Lawrence Smith, Permanent Secretary; Dr. Elwyn, of Philadelphia. Treasurer. Prof. S. F. Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, who for the past three years has so ably managed the affairs of the Association, declined a reelection to the office of Secretary. The following gentlemen were appointed to report on the following topics at the ensuing meeting. Prof. Henry, "On our knowledge of the laws of Atmospheric Electricity;" Prof. Jas. Hall, "On the recent additions to our knowledge of the Palaeozoic Rocks;" Prof. H. L. Smith, "On Miero-Chemistry;" Dr. Wolcott Gibbs, "On the recent progress of Organic Chemistry;" Dr. B. A. Gould, "On the progress and development of the Electro-chronographical method of Observation;" Prof. Leidy, "On the remains of Extinct Mammals and Reptiles of North America;" Prof. B. Peirce, "On the present state of the Theory of the Planetary Perturbations;" Dr. Burnett, "On the recent advances in Anatomy and Physiology;" Prof Agassiz, "On the history of our knowledge of Alternation of Generation in Animals;" Prof. J. D. Dana, "On the Geographical Distribution of the Lower Animals." It was also voted that at the Washington meeting of the Association, a general session be devoted to the consideration of the expediency of a change in the present standards of weights and measures in the United States. The twenty-third annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, was held at Hull, September 7th, Prof. William Hopkins in the Chair. The attendance was less numerous than usual, and no communications of especial interest or novelty were presented. The Committee on the establishment of an Observatory and telescope of large optical power in the Southern Hemisphere, reported through their chairman, Lord loose, that an application had been made to the Government, and that the necessary funds would most probably be granted. A recommendation of the Association, that in the event of a survey of the Gulf Stream being undertaken, provision should be made for investigating its Zoology and Botany, has been communicated to the Admiralty, and favorably received. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."