Books: Aristotle to Fabre

GREEN LAURELS—Donald Culross Peattie—Simon & Schuster ($3.75).

Today's man-in-the-subway thinks of himself as taking a much livelier interest in science than his grandfather-in-the-buggy ever did. And though pure scientists may snort at this "interest," it is a fact that modern readers like to read about science. Books-about-science by such popularizers as Eddington, Jeans, Russell, Sullivan and Wells are widely read, sometimes even become bestsellers. That books-about-scientists might also have a popular appeal was proved by Paul de Kruif's Microbe Hunters. Last week Author-Naturalist Donald Culross Peattie took a leaf from de Kruif's notebook,...

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