Louis Agassiz, 1807-1873

[Mentioned in Science and Health, pp. 104, 547, 549, 561]

Louis Agassiz revolutionized the study of natural science. Once when he was asked what he considered his greatest work, he replied, "I have taught men to observe." Believing that the study of nature is "an intercourse with the highest mind." he insisted that his students use the tools he did—observation and comparison.

His own encyclopedic range of information grew from his intense interest in nature, which began in childhood and increased with the years, giving to his life a singular unity of purpose. Added to this was an enthusiasm for sharing his observations with others which made him an inspired teacher and lecturer.

Signs of the Times
June 26, 1954

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