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  • Forest Resources of the WorldGreen Glory by Richard St. Barbe BakerReview by: Henry ClepperThe Scientific Monthly, Vol. 70, No. 1 (Jan., 1950), p. 71Published by: American Association for the Advancement of ScienceStable URL: .Accessed: 08/05/2014 06:21

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  • through weeks and years, his enthusiasm maintains a steady fire of interest for the reader. It is contagious enthusiasm, making on.e pause before a spider web, peer curiously into a pond, question the lives under a stone in the garden. For, if Fabre could find so much on so barren a two-acre plot, anyone should be able to do better elsewhere with comparable patience and care. Nor were his experirnents anything requiring special skill or equipment. Thev were obvious yet illuminating. Teale's selections -include many that any child can try, as a double distil'Late of delightful descriptions, of thoughtful observations, as applicable to America as to the French countryside. They will do much to sustain the influence on coming students of natural history of a schoolmaster who was selfless in his in- terest in living things.

    LORUS J. and MARGERY J. MILNE Department of Zoology University of New Hampshire

    FOREST RESOURCES OF THE WORLD Green Glory. Richar(d St. Barbe Baker. 253 pp. Illus.

    $3.50. A. A. Wyn. New York.

    R. ST. 13ARBE BAKER, a 13ritish forester who has Mvl travelled extensively throughout the forests of the world, has given us interesting descriptions of each continent's timber resources. In the tradition of Osborn's Our Plundered Planet aind Vogt's Road to Survival, he sounds numerous warnings against t;he rate of forest ex- ploitation and depletion now going on throughout the world, and urges rapid and widespread application of sustained-yield forest management.

    Actually, Green Glory is more a volume of forest aesthetics than a treatise on forest economics. It con- tains no statistical tables or technical terminology; hence the book may be read with understanding by anyone interested in the conservation of renewable natural re- sources.

    But a word of caution is in order. In his comrnendable zeal to popularize the forest conservation movement, the author unfortunately indulges in occasional oversimplifi- cation. A New Sahara, for example, is a chapter de- scriptive of the march of logging and lumbering across America and the unsound land utilization practices which produced the I)ust Bowl of the 1930s. It is more dramatic than realistic. To say, as he does, that the South was depleted of its "areas of rich pine" by 1910 is to ignore the thousands of sawmills and the dozens of pulp and paper mills now operating in the eleven South- ern states. Under good forest management, which is slowly spreading throughout this region, the South can permanently sustain even greater forest industries. More- over, the chapters devoted to forestry developments in America are dated in that even the latest conditions de- scribed are those that obtained at least a decade or two ago.

    In summing up, Baker proposes a world afforestation program to be undertaken under the guidance of the United Nations. Although he does not suggest the prac-

    tice of silviculture by law, he advocates adequate con- servation legislation in every country, both for timber production an.d for the protection of watersheds.

    The nurnerous photographic illustrations have been carefully selected and beautifully reproduced.


    Society of American Foresters Washington, D. C.

    BRIDGE TO THE MOON The Conquest of Space. Willy Ley. Paintings by Chesley

    Bonestell. 160 pp. $3.95. Viking Press. New York.

    IN THE early days of scientific development books were often profusely illustrated. A scientific treatise

    was not only informative but also a work of art. The revival of this old custom has been successfully achieved in this book. Mr. Bonestell is not only an architect, astronomer, and artist, but also exhibits the well-de- veloped imagination so necessary for this type of work. His illustrations cover imaginary and accurate views of the earth from a rocket ship and scenes showing how we think the surfaces of the planets and their satellites should look to an observer from earth. The text by Mr. Ley is a very lucid discussion of the solar system and of some of the problems connected with space flight. The eighteen figures used to explain these problems give an idea of the scope of future rocketry and astronomy. Two tables are included that are probably the most compre- hensive of their type to be found anywhere. Their titles are self-explanatory: "The Planets of the Solar System" and "The Satellites of the Solar System."

    The four chapters in the book are as intriguing in title as a mystery story. Chapter I, Four, Three, Two, One . . . Rocket Away! is a descriptive survey of our attempts in the near future for very high-altitude rockets. The altitude of two hundred fifty miles reached with a two-step rocket can easily be extended. A discus- sion of the orbital rocket-sometimes called a space station or earth satellite-is especially pertinent in view of the interest shown by our guided-missile program in such a project.

    Chapter II, Target for Tonight: Luna! takes up the next logical step in rocketry. A good historical back- ground of telescopic exploration of the moon and a discussion of the theories of the origin of the moon's craters give the reader a taste of what to expect when- ever a manned rocket actually lands on the moon. It is pointed out that the meteor-impact hypothesis has the backing of experiments with models in the laboratory.

    Chapter III, The Solar Family, brings the reader up to date regarding the physical conditions of the planets of the solar system. The conditions described and ex- pected are as accurate as can be obtained by our present- day methods of observation.

    Chapter IV, Vermin of the Skies, refers to asteroids, and their number makes the epithet appropriate. The historical treatment of the asteroids reads like fiction but is really fact.

    The combination of descriptive astronomy, rocketry,

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    Article Contentsp. 71

    Issue Table of ContentsThe Scientific Monthly, Vol. 70, No. 1 (Jan., 1950), pp. i-vi+1-72+vii-viiiVolume Information [pp. 1-2]Front Matter [pp. i-vi]Science and Technology [pp. iv]Atomic Hydrogen as an Aid to Industrial Research [pp. 3-9]The Gifts of Hybridity [pp. 10-18]The Methods of Science: What are they? Can They be Taught? [pp. 19-23]The Nature of Protein Complexes [pp. 24-29]Roger Adams, President of the AAAS for 1950 [pp. 30-33]Action Research among American Indians [pp. 34-40]The American Potash Industry [pp. 41-47]The Gorilla--Largest Living Primate [pp. 48-57]Fishing in Arabia [pp. 58-65]Science on the MarchBenchmark [pp. 66-67]Desert Reclamation in South Australia [pp. 68-69]

    Book ReviewsNew Technics [pp. 70]The Insect's Homer [pp. 70-71]Forest Resources of the World [pp. 71]Bridge to the Moon [pp. 71-72]Effects of Radiation [pp. 72]Briefly Reviewed [pp. 72]

    Back Matter [pp. vii-viii]


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