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Finding order in nature : the naturalist tradition from Linnaeus to E.O. Wilson

Author: Paul Lawrence Farber
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
Series: Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The importance of naming and categorizing nature has its roots in the biblical Genesis, as does the problematic view of man's domination over it. Farber (history, Oregon State U.) traces the scientific study of the natural world from its 18th century beginnings with Swedish botanist Linnaeus and his French rival Buffon, through Darwin's synthesis, to the modern theory of evolution (1900-50), and concerns over  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Farber, Paul Lawrence, 1944-
Finding order in nature.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)647320820
Named Person: Carl von Linné; Carl von Linné; Edward O Wilson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Lawrence Farber
ISBN: 0801863899 9780801863899 0801863902 9780801863905
OCLC Number: 43115207
Description: x, 136 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Collecting, classifying, and interpreting nature: Linnaeus and Buffon, 1735-1788 --
New specimens: transforming natural history into a scientific discipline, 1760-1840 --
Comparing structure: the key to the order of nature, 1789-1848 --
New tools and standard practices, 1840-1859 --
Darwin's synthesis: the theory of evolution, 1830-1882 --
Studying function: an alternative vision for the science of life, 1809-1900 --
Victorian fascination: the golden age of natural history, 1880-1900 --
New synthesis: the modern theory of evolution, 1900-1950 --
The naturalist as generalist: E.O. Wilson, 1950-1994.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science.
Responsibility: Paul Lawrence Farber.
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