Excerpt from Botany or the Modern Study of Plants In our daily life we have difficulty in distinguishing plants from animals, and we are also seldom in doubt as to the difference between a life-containing and an irganic thing. It is true, of course, that at the extreme limits of the series, among the very simplest forms, it is sometimes difficult to separate plants and animals; but in most cases there can be doubt as to which of the two great classes any thing or any creature belongs. All the life in the world is embraced in one or other of the two great classes of Plants and Animals. Outwardly they appear so different from each other, but, as we shall see, they have a wonderful unity in the fundamentals of their structure. The science of the study of life is called Biology, but in these days, when so much detail has been accumulated and stored in books, it is longer possible for one mind to grasp the whole subject. It has been divided into the two natural divisions of Botany, the study of the plants, and Zoology, the study of animals. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.