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Eaten by a Giant Clam: Great Adventures in Natural Science

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The inspiring exploration stories of natural scientists in the field from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries
 
The history of natural science is often a case of truth being stranger than fiction, as is evidenced by these 22 rollicking tales of men and women risking life and limb in the name of science and the cause of the broadening of human knowledge. Among the tales are Maria Sibylla Merian, who, with her daughter, ...

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Overview

The inspiring exploration stories of natural scientists in the field from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries
 
The history of natural science is often a case of truth being stranger than fiction, as is evidenced by these 22 rollicking tales of men and women risking life and limb in the name of science and the cause of the broadening of human knowledge. Among the tales are Maria Sibylla Merian, who, with her daughter, traveled to Surinam in 1699 to study the life cycle of local spiders, plants, and moths; brilliant Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus and his travels in Lapland; Alexander von Humboldt and his travels down the Amazon; fossil collector Mary Anning, who found the first connected skeleton of an Ichthyosaurus; George Forrest, one of the first explorers of China's mountain ranges in Yunnan; and Roy Chapman, the American paleontologist upon whom Indiana Jones is based and who was the first to find dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741967531
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 575,656
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Cummins is the author of Anything for a Vote, History's Great Untold Stories, History's Greatest Wars, Why Some Wars Never End, and The World's Bloodiest History. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Wonderful.

    Full of interesting stories. Learned a ton about the things we normally take for granted. A page turner.

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