Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History / Edition 1

Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History / Edition 1

by David Freedberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226261484

ISBN-13: 9780226261485

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Years ago, David Freedberg stumbled across a group of drawings by the little-known Academy of Linceans, a seventeenth-century Italian group that took as its task nothing less than the pictorial documentation of all of nature. Moving across Europe, he encountered thousands of such drawings—of fossils, the species of the New World, or the heavenly bodies

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Years ago, David Freedberg stumbled across a group of drawings by the little-known Academy of Linceans, a seventeenth-century Italian group that took as its task nothing less than the pictorial documentation of all of nature. Moving across Europe, he encountered thousands of such drawings—of fossils, the species of the New World, or the heavenly bodies studied by the group's most famous member, Galileo Galilei. Profusely illustrated and engagingly written, this book reveals this crucial moment in the development of natural history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226261485
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
513
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note to Historians of Science
Introduction Saving Appearances
PART I - BACKGROUND
1. The Paper Museum
2. Lynxes
PART II - ASTRONOMY
3. The New Star
4. The Telescope: Imperfection in the Heavens
5. The Conflict of Truths
PART III - NATURAL HISTORY
6. The Chastity of Bees
7. The Microscope and the Vernacular
8. Plants and Reproduction
9. The Mexican Treasury: Taxonomy and Illustration
10. The Doctor's Dilemmas: Description, Dissection, and the Problem of Illustration
11. Fossils
PART IV - PICTURES AND ORDER
12. The Failure of Pictures
13. The Order of Nature
14. The Fate of Pictures: Appearance, Truth, and Ambiguity
Notes
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Headings
Index

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