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Three hundred years ago, a fifty-two-year-old German ...
Three hundred years ago, a fifty-two-year-old German woman set sail on a solo scientific expedition to study insect metamorphosis. She could not have imagined the routine magic that scientists perform today-but her absolute insistence on studying insects in their natural habitats was so far ahead of its time that it is only now coming back into favor. Chrysalis restores Maria Sibylla Merian to her rightful place in the history of science, taking us from golden-age Amsterdam to the Surinam tropics to modern laboratories where Merian's insights fuel new approaches to both ecology and genetics.
"Todd uncovers a Greek tragedy of human heedlessness . . . [A] beautifully written natural history."—Outside
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Posted July 19, 2012