The Microscope Made Easy: Or, I. The Nature, Uses, and Magnifying Powers of the Best Kinds of Microscopes ... II. An Account of what Surprising Discoveries Have Already Been Made by the Microscope ..

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R. Dodsley, at Tully's Head in Pall Mall; and sold, 1743 - Microscopes - 311 pages
 

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Page 303 - ... the same manner imperceptibly one above another, and receiving additional improvements, according to the species in which they are implanted. This progress in nature is so very gradual, that the most perfect of an inferior species comes very near to the most imperfect of that which is immediately above it.
Page 303 - The whole chasm of nature, from a plant to a man, is filled up with divers...
Page 304 - ... in all the visible corporeal world, we see no chasms or gaps. All quite down from us the descent is by easy steps, and a continued series of things, that in each remove differ very little one from the other. There are fishes that have wings, and are not strangers to the airy...
Page 305 - ... which, if it be probable, we have reason then to be persuaded, that there are far more species of creatures above us, than there are beneath; we being in degrees of perfection much more remote from the infinite being of God, than we are from the lowest state of being, and that which approaches nearest to nothing. And yet, of all those distinct species, we have no clear distinct ideas.
Page 302 - It is wonderful to observe, by what a gradual progress the world of life advances through a prodigious variety of species, before a creature is formed that is complete in all its senses...
Page 303 - If the scale of being rises by such a regular progress so high as man, we may, by a parity of reason, suppose that it still proceeds gradually through those beings which are of a superior nature to him ; since there is an infinitely greater space and room for different degrees of perfection between the Supreme Being and man, than between man and the most despicable insect.
Page 304 - There are animals so near of kin both to birds and beasts, that they are in the middle between both : amphibious animals link...
Page 299 - It is evident to any one who will but observe what passes in his own mind, that there is a train of ideas which constantly succeed one another in his understanding as long as he is awake.
Page 297 - The understanding, indeed, opens an infinite space on every side of us, but the imagination, after a few faint efforts is immediately at a stand, and finds herself swallowed up in the immensity of the void that surrounds it.
Page 298 - ... the fphere of the fixed ftars to the circuit of the whole creation, the whole creation itfelf to the infinite fpace that is every where diffufed about it ; or when the imagination works downward, and confiders the bulk of a human body in...

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