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The story book of science By Jean Henri Fabre Contents: CHAPTER I THE SIX CHAPTER II THE FAIRY TALE AND THE TRUE STORY CHAPTER III THE BUILDING OF THE CITY CHAPTER IV THE COWS CHAPTER V THE SHEEPFOLD CHAPTER VI THE WILY DERVISH CHAPTER VII A NUMEROUS FAMILY CHAPTER VIII THE OLD PEAR TREE CHAPTER IX THE AGE OF TREES CHAPTER X THE LENGTH OF ANIMAL LIFE CHAPTER XI THE KETTLE CHAPTER XII METALS CHAPTER XIII METAL PLATING CHAPTER XIV GOLD AND IRON CHAPTER XV THE FLEECE CHAPTER XVI FLAX AND HEMP CHAPTER XVII COTTON CHAPTER XVIII PAPER CHAPTER XIX THE BOOK CHAPTER XX PRINTING CHAPTER XXI BUTTERFLIES CHAPTER XXII THE BIG EATERS CHAPTER XXIII SILK CHAPTER XXIV THE METAMORPHOSIS CHAPTER XXV SPIDERS CHAPTER XXVI THE EPEIRA'S BRIDGE CHAPTER XXVII THE SPIDER'S WEB CHAPTER XXVIII THE CHASE CHAPTER XXIX VENOMOUS INSECTS CHAPTER XXX VENOM CHAPTER XXXI THE VIPER AND THE SCORPION CHAPTER XXXII THE NETTLE CHAPTER XXXIII PROCESSIONARY CATERPILLARS CHAPTER XXXIV THE STORM CHAPTER XXXVI ELECTRICITY CHAPTER XXXVI THE EXPERIMENT WITH THE CAT CHAPTER XXXVII THE EXPERIMENT WITH PAPER CHAPTER XXXVIII FRANKLIN AND DE ROMAS CHAPTER XXXIX THUNDER AND THE LIGHTNING-ROD CHAPTER XL EFFECTS OF THE THUNDERBOLT CHAPTER XLI CLOUDS CHAPTER XLII THE VELOCITY OF SOUND CHAPTER XLIII THE EXPERIMENT WITH THE BOTTLE OF COLD WATER CHAPTER XLIV RAIN CHAPTER XLV VOLCANOES CHAPTER XLVI CATANIA CHAPTER XLVII THE STORY OF PLINY CHAPTER XLVIII THE BOILING POT CHAPTER XLIX THE LOCOMOTIVE CHAPTER L EMILE'S OBSERVATION CHAPTER LI A JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD CHAPTER LII THE EARTH CHAPTER LIII THE ATMOSPHERE CHAPTER LIV THE SUN CHAPTER LV DAY AND NIGHT CHAPTER LVI THE YEAR AND ITS SEASONS CHAPTER LVII BELLADONNA BERRIES CHAPTER LVIII POISONOUS PLANTS CHAPTER LIX THE BLOSSOM CHAPTER LX FRUIT CHAPTER LXI POLLEN CHAPTER LXII THE BUMBLE-BEE CHAPTER LXIII MUSHROOMS CHAPTER LXIV IN THE WOODS CHAPTER LXV THE ORANGE-AGARIC CHAPTER LXVI EARTHQUAKES CHAPTER LXVII SHALL WE KILL THEM BOTH? CHAPTER LXVIII THE THERMOMETER CHAPTER LXIX THE SUBTERRANEAN FURNACE CHAPTER LXX SHELLS CHAPTER LXXI THE SPIRAL SNAIL CHAPTER LXXII MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND PEARLS CHAPTER LXXIII THE SEA CHAPTER LXXIV WAVES SALT SEAWEEDS CHAPTER LXXV RUNNING WATERS CHAPTER LXXVI THE SWARM CHAPTER LXXVII WAX CHAPTER LXXVIII THE CELLS CHAPTER LXXIX HONEY CHAPTER LXXX THE QUEEN-BEE

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Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre (1823-1915) was a French entomologist and author. Fabre was born in Saint-Léons in Aveyron, France. Fabre was largely an autodidact, owing to the poverty of his family. Nevertheless, he acquired a primary teaching certificate at the young age of 19 and began teaching in Carpentras whilst pursuing further studies. In 1849 he was appointed to a teaching post in Ajaccio (Corsica), then in 1849 moved on to the lycée in Avignon. Fabre went on to accomplish many scholarly achievements. He was a popular teacher, physicist, chemist and botanist. However, he is probably best known for his findings in the field of entomology, the study of insects, and is considered by many to be the father of modern entomology. Much of his enduring popularity is due to his marvelous teaching ability and his manner of writing about the lives of insects in biographical form, which he preferred to a clinically detached, journalistic mode of recording. In doing so he combined what he called "my passion for scientific truth" with keen observations and an engaging, colloquial style of writing. Fabre noted: Others again have reproached me with my style, which has not the solemnity, nay, better, the dryness of the schools. They fear lest a page that is read without fatigue should not always be the expression of the truth. Were I to take their word for it, we are profound only on condition of being obscure. Over the years he wrote a series of texts on insects and arachnids that are collectively known as the Souvenirs Entomologiques. Fabre's influence is felt in the later works of fellow naturalist Charles Darwin, who called Fabre "an inimitable observer". Fabre, however, rejected Darwin's theory of evolution; on the other hand he was not a Biblical creationist either but assumed a saltationist origin of biodiversity. In one of Fabre's most famous experiments, he arranged processionary caterpillars to form a continuous loop around the edge of a pot. As each caterpillar instinctively followed the silken trail of the caterpillars in front of it, the group moved around in a circle for seven days. Jean-Henri Fabre's last home and office, the Harmas de Fabre in Provence stands today as a museum devoted to his life and works. The site of his birth, at St Léons, near Millau is now the site of Micropolis, a tourist attraction dedicated to popularising entomology and a museum on his life.

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