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Chrysalis : Maria Sibylla Merian and the secrets of metamorphosis

Author: Kim Todd
Publisher: Harcourt, Orlando : Harcourt, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Before Darwin, before Audubon, there was Merian. An artist turned naturalist, known for her botanical illustrations, she was born just sixteen years after Galileo proclaimed that the earth orbited the sun. But at the age of fifty she sailed from Europe to the New World on a solo scientific expedition to study insect metamorphosis--an unheard-of journey for any naturalist at that time, much less a woman. When she  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Maria Sibylla Merian; Maria Sibylla Merian; Maria Sibylla Merian; Maria Sibylla Merian; Maria Sibylla Merian
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Todd
ISBN: 9780151011087 0151011087 9780156032995 0156032996
OCLC Number: 69020922
Description: 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm
Contents: The most noble of all the worms --
Godly miracles in a little book --
That which is found in the fens and heath --
Le Grande monde --
An awesome and expensive trip --
Far out into the wilderness --
The first and strangest work that had ever been painted in America --
The modern world is very sensitive --
Because of its color so special.
Responsibility: Kim Todd.
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Before Darwin, before Audubon, there was Merian. An artist turned naturalist, known for her botanical illustrations, she was born just sixteen years after Galileo proclaimed that the earth orbited the sun. But at the age of fifty she sailed from Europe to the New World on a solo scientific expedition to study insect metamorphosis--an unheard-of journey for any naturalist at that time, much less a woman. When she returned she produced a book that secured her reputation, only to have it savaged in the nineteenth century by scientists who disdained the work of "amateurs." This book takes us from golden-age Amsterdam to the Surinam tropics to modern laboratories where Merian's insights fuel a new branch of biology. Author Todd brings to life a seventeenth-century woman whose boldness and vision would still be exceptional today.--From publisher description.

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