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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Andrew J Lewis
|Description:||204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: from an empire of reason to a democracy of facts --
The revolution in natural history practice: democratic science and the case of submerging swallows --
Natural history and the market economy: the profitability of plants and rocks --
The perils of a democracy of facts: interpreting American antiquities --
Disciplining the democracy of facts: a theology of nature --
Making natural history credible: geological surveys and the utility of Republican science --
Epilogue: scientific practice in the nineteenth century.
|Series Title:||Early American studies.|
|Responsibility:||Andrew J. Lewis.|
A valuable contribution."-Journal of American History "Andrew J. Lewis has written a useful and generative book that is essential reading for anyone interested in how natural history became science