other side of his nature could scarcely repay.
Yet it is possible that the lesson of Darwin
's limitations may be scarcely less valuable than that of his achievements.
By his strength he revolutionized the world of science.
By his weakness he gave evidence that there is a world outside of science.
We cannot, on the one side, deny that Darwin
represented the highest type of scientific mind.
Nor can we, on the other, deny the value and validity of what he ignored.
Of the studies that became extinguished in him, we can say, as Tacitus
said when the images of Brutus
were not carried in the procession: Eo magis praefulgebant quia non visebantur
; or, as Emerson
yet more tersely translates it, “They glared through their absences.”
It would be easy to multiply testimonies from high scientific authority to this limitation and narrowing of the purely scientific mind.
One such recent testimony may be found in an important report of the head of the chemical department of Harvard University, Prof. Josiah P. Cooke
; and another in that very remarkable paper in the Forum
entitled “The education of the future,” by a man who singularly combines within himself the scientific and literary gifts-Clarence King