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Kingdom of ants : José Celestino Mutis and the dawn of natural history in the New World

Author: Edward O Wilson; José María Gómez Durán
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1760, the 28-year-old Mutisáunewly appointed as the personal physician of the Viceroy of the New Kingdom of Granadaáuembarked on a 48-year exploration of the natural world of northern South America. His thirst for knowledge led Mutis to study the region's flora, become a professor of mathematics, construct the first astronomical observatory in the Western Hemisphere, and amass one of the largest scientific  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: José Celestino Mutis; José Celestino Mutis; José Celestino Mutis; José Celestino Mutis; José Celestino Mutis; José Celestino Mutis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward O Wilson; José María Gómez Durán
ISBN: 9780801897856 0801897858
OCLC Number: 595738788
Description: viii, 95 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Who was Mutis --
The making of an eighteenth-century naturalist --
The scientific contributions of José Celestino Mutis --
Mutis seeks advice --
Mutis begins his study of ants --
Ants are transported by ships --
Ant plants and plant ants --
Mutis learns about the mule-train (leafcutter) ants --
Unending struggles against the mule-train ants --
Ant wars --
Mutis solves the mystery of the nomadic pataloas --
Mutis measures the size of an army-ant colony --
Mutis tracks the armies of ants --
Mutis studies the gender of ants and makes an amazing discovery --
Mutis' other ants --
How good a scientist was Mutis?
Responsibility: Edward O. Wilson and José M. Gómez Durán.
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