The Secret of Everyday Things

Jean-Henri FABRE (1823 - 1915), translated by Florence BICKNELL (1880 - )

The clearness, simpicity, and charm of the great French naturalist's style are nowhere better illustrated than in this work, which in its variety of subject-matter and apt use of entertaining anecdote rivals "The Story-Book of Science," already a favorite with his readers. Such instances of antiquated usage or superseded methods as occur in these chapters of popular science easily win our indulgence because of the literary charm and warm human quality investing all that the author has to say. -- Translator (Introductory Note).

Genre(s): Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Thread, Pins, Needles MaryAnn
00:23:35
Play 02 Silk, Wool, Flax and Hemp MaryAnn
00:22:04
Play 03 Weaving, Woolen Cloth, Moths MaryAnn
00:21:10
Play 04 Napery, Calico, Dyeing and Printing, Dyestuffs MaryAnn
00:37:45
Play 05 Heat-Conduction, Human Habitations, Clothing MaryAnn
00:20:26
Play 06 Ashes--Potash, Soap MaryAnn
00:17:50
Play 07 Fire, Matches, Wood and Charcoal MaryAnn
00:20:29
Play 08 Coal and Coal-Gas, Combustion, Heating MaryAnn
00:25:31
Play 09 Lighting, Kerosene Oil, Glass MaryAnn
00:26:32
Play 10 Iron, Rust, Tin-Plating, Pottery MaryAnn
00:23:02
Play 11 Coffee, Sugar MaryAnn
00:21:38
Play 12 Tea, Chocolate, Spices MaryAnn
00:19:00
Play 13 Salt, Olive Oil, Double Boiler MaryAnn
00:19:22
Play 14 Little Pests, Flies MaryAnn
00:17:16
Play 15 The Three States of Matter, Distillation MaryAnn
00:16:57
Play 16 Water, Vinegar MaryAnn
00:21:08
Play 17 The Grist Mill, Bread, Other Wheat Products, Strange Uses of Starch MaryAnn
00:25:26
Play 18 Rice, Chestnuts, Codfish MaryAnn
00:20:19
Play 19 Air, Impure Air MaryAnn
00:31:48
Play 20 Germs, The Atmosphere, Evaporation MaryAnn
00:33:54
Play 21 Humidity in the Atmosphere, Rain, Snow MaryAnn
00:22:01
Play 22 Ice, Pebbles, The Force of Steam MaryAnn
00:21:47
Play 23 Sound, Light MaryAnn
00:24:56