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The aliveness of plants : the Darwins at the dawn of plant science

Author: P G Ayres
Publisher: London : Pickering & Chatto, ©2008.
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The Darwin family was instrumental in the history of botany. Their experiences illustrate the growing specialization and professionalisation of science throughout the 19th century. This book shows how botany escaped the burdens of medicine and the sterility of classification and nomenclature to become a rigorous laboratory science.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Francis Darwin, Sir; Erasmus Darwin; Charles Darwin; Francis Darwin, Sir; Erasmus Darwin; Charles Darwin; Darwin (Familie); Erasmus Darwin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P G Ayres
ISBN: 9781851969708 1851969705
OCLC Number: 191754392
Awards: Winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2008.
Description: xiii, 227 p. : ill., ports.
Contents: Acknowledgements --
List of tables --
List of figures --
1. Green threads across the ages : a brief perspective on the Darwins' botany --
2. The fortunes of the Darwins --
3. The misfortunes of botany --
4. Erasmus Darwin's vision of the future : phytologia --
5. Charles Darwin's evolutionary period --
6. Charles Darwin's physiological period --
7. Charles Darwin, Frances Darwin and differences with von Sachs --
8. Francis Darwin, Cambridge and plant physiology --
9. Francis Darwin, family and his father's memory --
10. Fortune's favourites? --
11. Where did the green threads lead? The botanical legacy --
Notes --
Works cited --
Index.
Responsibility: by Peter Ayres.
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The Darwin family was instrumental in the history of botany. Their experiences illustrate the growing specialization and professionalisation of science throughout the 19th century. This book shows how botany escaped the burdens of medicine and the sterility of classification and nomenclature to become a rigorous laboratory science.

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