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|Named Person:||Georges Louis Leclerc Buffon, comte de; Georges Louis Le Clerc ((de)) Buffon; Georges Louis Leclerc Buffon, comte de|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Jacques Roger; L Pearce Williams
|Description:||xvii, 492 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Series Title:||Cornell history of science series.|
|Responsibility:||by Jacques Roger ; translated by Sarah Lucille Bonnefoi ; edited by L. Pearce Williams.|
development of an aviary and menagerie. His massive, thirty-six-volume System of Nature was the most widely collected work of the Enlightenment, reaching more readers than even the classics of Voltaire and Rousseau. After Buffon's death, however, his importance as a scientist was denigrated, and little information about him has been available in English. This biography, the life work of Jacques Roger, finally gives Buffon his due. Roger transforms Buffon's image from.
that of a somewhat incoherent courtly naturalist into one of a major philosophical and scientific thinker. Using Buffon's enormous literary production as the major source of insight into his and his age's beliefs about the natural world, the book is both a biography and an analytical discussion of Buffon's science.