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Shores of knowledge : new world discoveries and the scientific imagination

Author: Joyce Appleby
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recounts the triumphs and mishaps of Columbus and other explorers, following the naturalists--both famous and obscure--whose investigations of the world's fauna and flora fueled the rise of science and technology that propelled Western Europe towards modernity.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joyce Appleby
ISBN: 9780393239515 0393239519 9780393349795 0393349799
OCLC Number: 829738441
Description: 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The New World finds its scribes --
Discovery of the other half of the globe --
Publishers spread the word of the New World --
Collectors, menageries, and naturalists --
Amateur naturalists yield to experts --
The true shape of the Earth --
Attention turns to the Pacific --
Humboldt and Darwin in the New World.
Responsibility: Joyce Appleby.

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