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Deep things out of darkness : a history of natural history

Author: John G T Anderson
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Natural history, the deliberate observation of the environment, is arguably the oldest science. From purely practical beginnings as a way of finding food and shelter, natural history evolved into the holistic, systematic study of plants, animals, and the landscape. Deep Things out of Darkness chronicles the rise, decline, and ultimate revival of natural history within the realms of science and public discourse.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John G T Anderson
ISBN: 9780520273764 0520273761
OCLC Number: 801810109
Description: xvi, 346 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Adam's task, Job's challenge --
From hunter-gatherers to kings of kings --
A wonderful man : Aristotle and Greek natural history --
The spoils of an empire --
An emperor and his descendants --
New worlds --
Ray, Linnaeus, and the ordering of the world --
Journeys near and far --
Before the Origin --
Forms most beautiful : Darwin --
The geography of nature : Humboldt --
Hearts of light : Wallace and Bates --
Spoils of other empires --
Breadfruit and icebergs --
Naturalists in New England : Thoreau, Agassiz, and Gray --
From Muir and Alexander to Leopold and Carson --
The slow death (and resurrection) of natural history.
Responsibility: John G.T. Anderson.

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"An engaglng writing style... Highly recommended." -- D.A. Lovejoy Choice "Anderson writes with infectious energy; he has a sharp eye for details and a gift for spinning a good story... This book is Read more...

 
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