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Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945. Russia's gift to the world - Image 38. 1915. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 27, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1430/show/1413.

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Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945. (1915). Russia's gift to the world - Image 38. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1430/show/1413

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Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945, Russia's gift to the world - Image 38, 1915, Socialist and Communist Pamphlets, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed June 27, 2019, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1430/show/1413.

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Title Russia's gift to the world
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945
Publisher Hodder and Stoughton
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York
  • London
Date 1915
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Russia
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 48 pages; 22 cm.
Original Item Location DK32.7.M3 1915
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304497~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript 36 Russia's Gift to the World among the younger plant physiologists Lepeshkin is regarded by botanists in this country as one of the most original of the present day. One of the most important problems both of the theory of plant life, and of practical agriculture and the economics of production, is that of the direct utilisation of atmospheric nitrogen for plant-nutrition, so that nitrogenous manures may be dispensed with. Many soils possess the power of fixing the free nitrogen of the air. But how they did so was a complete mystery until the researches of Vino- gradsky explained how it was effected by organisms at work in the soil. In concert with other Russian investigators, Vinogradsky also solved the puzzle of the mode of life of these nitrifying bacteria. This work revealed an entirely unexpected type of physiological life. The research was a model of scientific investigation, and is indeed one of the most brilliant pieces of experimentation in the history of science. It is worth recording that Timiryazev, besides his work as a scientific investigator and discoverer, has also been a great populariser of science. He did distinguished service not only to the growth of the scientific spirit, but to general culture among the Russian nation, by bringing before them the work and teaching of Darwin. He made science attractive by his gift of exposition and his enthusiasm. His treatise on the physiology of plants for general readers was the first work of the kind brought out in any country ; it has gone through many editions in Russia, and has been translated into English. The achievements of Russian workers in what we may term the applied sciences, including medicine and surgery, have been purposely omitted. But the record of great men who have sprung up in Russia during the short space of half a century is a striking indication of the reserves of intellectual power possessed by their nation, and points to still greater achievements for humanity in the future.