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Response in the Living and Non-living Paperback – 28 August 2009
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At one stage of his long career, Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose undertook an examination of inorganic matter in the same way as a biologist examines a muscle or a nerve. He subjected metals to various kinds of stimulus-mechanical, thermal, chemical, and electrical. He found that all sorts of stimulus produce an excitatory change in them. This excitation sometimes expresses itself in a visible change of form, and sometimes not; but the disturbance produced by the stimulus always exhibits itself as an electric response. His investigations showed that, in the entire range of response phenomena (regardless of whether the subject is metallic, plant or animal in origin) there is no breach of continuity; that "the living response in all its diverse modifications is only a repetition of responses seen in the inorganic" and that the phenomena of response "are determined, not by the play of an unknowable and arbitrary vital force, but by the working of laws that know no change, acting equally and uniformly throughout the organic and inorganic matter."
- Publisher : A Distant Mirror; 1st edition (28 August 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 218 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0980297699
- ISBN-13 : 978-0980297690
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.27 x 20.32 cm
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Great book by BoseReviewed in India on 12 December 2018
Response in the Living and Non-Living is a great book by Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose who espoused a very innovating and different theory on how the responses and reactions of the plant life. This is very good to read to go back to the basics and understand things like these. A must read.
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Good BookReviewed in India on 4 September 2020
It describes difference of reactions, of material, plants and living being when an abnormal event is faced or experienced.
I haven't read it.Reviewed in India on 16 June 2018
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Classy reprint of landmark bookReviewed in the United States on 2 June 2014
One of the most important scientists of the 20th century is a little known Indian, Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose. He was trained in England and spent most of his life working in the realm of physics and applied biology, namely botany and plant physiology. His works, sadly ignored largely by the west, mark some of the greatest achievements of the century. He demonstrated wireless transmission before Marconi and created a number of sensitive measuring devices based on optics which revealed the most micro growth movements of plants. He achieve a magnification factor of some 25,000 times, using equipment he had designed and made, with the help of an illiterate tin smith. This work outlines some of his greatest work, the thin line between living and non-living material. This timely reprint is a testament to a remarkable man whose achievements in science beggar belief to this day. While produced photographically from the original text, it still reproduces a quality book written in the unique style of one of our greatest scientists of yesteryear. That such great works are not only preserved, but republished for a new generation to read and enjoy is a tribute to the publishers. Highly recommended for any reader interested in the fascinating history of the pursuit of knowledge. 5 stars.
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Very DifficultReviewed in the United States on 31 August 2013
I chose reading this book as the subject matter appeared very compelling, namely the similarities and contrasts between "living" and "non living substance". However, I was only able to get through a couple of chapters and feel that one would need a very extensive scientific background to understand this book. I gave this book only one star; however, this may reflect my own ignorance rather than a true assessment of this book.
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