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Bose, Sir Jagadis Chandra - The unity of the universe



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From Saha, M. N. (1940). "Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose. 1858–1937". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 3 (8): 2–0.

From a lecture he gave on the results of monitoring and then comparing the effects of stimulus to plants and metals

"How similar are the writings ! So similar indeed that you cannot tell one from the other part. 'We have watched the responsive pulses wax and wane in the one as in the other. 'We have seen response sinking under fatigue, becoming exalted under stimulants, and being killed by poisons, in the non-living as in the living.

"Amongst such phenomena how can we draw a line of demarcation, and say, 'Here the physical process ends, and there the physiological begins'? No such barrier exists.

"Do not the two sets of records tell us of some property of matter common and persistent? Do they not show us that responsive process, seen in life, have been foreshadowed in non-life?- that the physiological is, after all, but an expression of physical, that there is no abrupt break, but one uniform and continuous march of law ?

"It was when I came upon the mute witness of these self-made records, and perceived in them one phase of a pervading unity that bears within it all things-the mote that quivers in ripples of light, the teeming life upon our earth, and the radiant suns that shine above us-it was then that I understood for the first time a little of that message proclaimed by my ancestors on the banks of the Ganges thirty centuries ago:

'They who see but one, in all the changing manifoldness of this universe, unto them belongs Eternal Truth-unto none else, unto none else !"'

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Bose, Sir Jagadish Chandra

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