Cosmos a Botanical Portrait
“In considering the study of physical phenomena, not merely in its bearing on the material wants of life, but in its general influence on the intellectual advancement of mankind, we find its noblest and most important result to be a knowledge of the chain of connection, by which all natural forces are linked together, and made mutually dependent upon each other…”
Cosmos: A sketch of a Physicl Description of the Universe by Alexander Von Humboldt. Introduction p. 23. Translated from the german by E. C. Otté, New York: Hrper & Brother Publishers, 1858.
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