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The science of describing : natural history in Renaissance Europe

The science of describing : natural history in Renaissance Europe

Author: Brian W Ogilvie
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Illustrated with woodcuts, engravings, and photographs, The Science of Describing is the first broad interpretation of Renaissance natural history in more than a generation and will appeal widely to an interdisciplinary audience."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian W Ogilvie
ISBN: 0226620875 9780226620879 9780226620886 0226620883 9780226620862 0226620867
OCLC Number: 60839372
Description: xvi, 385 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The world of Renaissance natural nistory --
The humanist invention of natural history --
A science of describing --
Common sense, classification, and the catalogue of nature --
Conclusion : what was Renaissance natural history.
Responsibility: Brian W. Ogilvie.
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Drawing on published natural histories, manuscript correspondence, garden plans, travelogues, watercolors, and drawings, this book reconstructs the evolution of this discipline of description through  Read more...


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"In this beautifully illustrated, fascinating book, Brian Ogilvie shows how the natural sciences developed in a vigorous and quite different way to the experimentalism of the 'hard' sciences." - Read more...

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