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YEAR-BOOK OF FACTS IN SCIENCE AND ART,
MECHANICS, USEFUL ARTS, NATURAL PHILOSOPHY, CHEMISTRY,
ALOGY, GEOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY, ANTIQUITIES, &c.
A LIST OF RECENT SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS; A CLASSIFIED LIST OF
THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE DURING THE YEAR 1853, ETC.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854,
By GOULD AND LINCOLN,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
G. C. RAND, Printer, 3 Cornhill, Boston.
BY THE EDITOR
PROGRESS OF SCIENCE IN 1853.
The fifth annual meeting, and seventh regular session of the American Association for the Promotion of Science, was held at Cleveland, Ohio, commencing Thursday, July 28, 1853. A fair number of members and strangers were in attendance, representing principally the southern and western sections of the country. From New England and the Northern States comparatively few were present. The President, elected at the Albany meeting, in 1851, was Prof. Benjamin Peirce, of Harvard University.
Among the papers presented, those in the Departments of Physics and Mathematics were much the most numerous, and were of high merit. In Chemistry and Geology, there were few contributions. The number of papers presented in the several departments was as follows. Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Meteorology, 40; Geology, Chemistry and Physical Geography, 12; Zoology and Botany, 12; Miscellane
A Committee for revising the Constitution of the Association was appointed, consisting of Prof. Bache, Dr. J. Lawrence Smith, Dr. Le Conte, of Georgia ; Dr. Gibbs, of New York; Dr. B. A. Gould, of Cambridge; Prof. W. B. Rogers; Prof. J. D. Dana, New Haven; Dr. J. Leidy, Philadelphia; Prof. Haldeman, and Dr. A. A. Gould, Boston.
Resolutions were adopted reducing the Annual Assessment from $3 to $1, and requiring that the Proceedings should be furnished to members at cost; or free of expense, when the Proceedings are published by the public liberality of the city where the meeting may be held. The Secretary was