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Catching nature in the act : Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century

Author: Mary Terrall
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Natural history in the eighteenth century was many things to many people--diversion, obsession, medically or economically useful knowledge, spectacle, evidence for God's providence and wisdom, or even the foundation of all natural knowledge. Because natural history was pursued by such a variety of people around the globe, with practitioners sharing neither methods nor training, it has been characterized as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur; René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur; René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Terrall
ISBN: 9780226088600 022608860X 022608874X 9780226088747
OCLC Number: 841558925
Description: 275 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Setting the stage --
"Catching nature in the act" --
Seeing again and again : illustration and observation in domestic settings --
Recruiting observers and training "philosophical eyes" --
Natural prodigies : asexual reproduction and regeneration --
A spectacle pleasing to the mind : natural history on display --
Chickens, eggs, and the perennial question of animal generation.
Responsibility: Mary Terrall.
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