Haeckel's embryos : images, evolution, and fraud (eBook, 2015) [WorldCat.org]
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Haeckel's embryos : images, evolution, and fraud

Haeckel's embryos : images, evolution, and fraud

Author: Nick Hopwood; Ernst Haeckel
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Pictures from the past powerfully shape current views of the world. In books, television programs, and websites, new images appear alongside others that have survived from decades ago. Among the most famous are drawings of embryos by the Darwinist Ernst Haeckel in which humans and other vertebrates begin identical, then diverge toward their adult forms. But these icons of evolution are notorious, too: soon after

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hopwood, Nick.
Haeckel's embryos
(DLC) 2014016887
Named Person: Ernst Haeckel; Ernst Haeckel
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Hopwood; Ernst Haeckel
ISBN: 9780226047133 022604713X
OCLC Number: 910237840
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 388 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Icons of knowledge --
Two small embryos in spirits of wine --
Like flies on the parlor ceiling --
Drawing and Darwinism --
Illustrating the magic word --
Professors and progress --
Visual strategies --
Schematics, forgery, and the so-called educated --
Imperial grids --
Setting standards --
Forbidden fruit --
Creative copying --
Trials and tributes --
Scandal for the people --
A hundred Haeckels --
The textbook illustration --
Iconoclasm --
The shock of the copy.
Responsibility: Nick Hopwood.
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Emphasizing the changes worked by circulation and copying, interpretation and debate, this book uses the case to explore how pictures succeed and fail, gain acceptance and spark controversy. It  Read more...


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