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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. ELECTRICITY THE ONE AND ONLY ELEMENT IN THE UNIVERSE THE MAGNETIC LAW ORGANIC LIFE, WHAT IT IS HOW THE CELL IS FORMED AND OF WHAT COMPOSEDHOW THEY DIFFER ONE FROM THE OTHER ACTION OF FOREIGN BODIES ON CELL LIFE. Revealed science, as presented in the preceding pages and as ascertained from other sources of eminence and reliability, enables us to state our present understanding as follows: Previous to these discoveries it was understood that the universe was composed of sixty-four or more natural elements and that the smallest divisible part of matter was the atom. Science has recently made further revelation, and we now know that there is but one element in the whole universe and that element is Electricity. The able men who have given their life to the study of these intricate problems are, furthermore, agreed among themselves that matter maintains at all times active motion within itself, since the atom is composed of a large number of electrons, the majority of which are negative and in a constant state of violent motion or vibration, controlled and held within the atom by a smaller number of positive electrons. We also know, by the same unimpeachable authority, that the sixty-four or more natural elements of the old text books, such as Iron, Copper, Zinc, Potash, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, or any others by whatsoever name called, are one and all Electricity and nothing else; and that the only difference between one and another lies in the number of electrons their atoms may contain. Each of the old elements ha? a definite number of electrons in each of its atoms, and this gives it its individuality. The violent activity of the electrons within the atom generate magnetism, so that the group of atoms called Iron, for...
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