Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History by David Freedberg | 9780226261478 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History

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

by David Freedberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226261476

ISBN-13: 9780226261478

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

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

Overview


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:
9780226261478
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 9.82(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments....................ix
A Note to Historians of Science....................xi
Introduction Saving the Appearances....................1
PART I BACKGROUND 1 The Paper Museum....................15
2 Lynxes....................65
PART II ASTRONOMY 3 The New Star....................81
4 The Telescope: Imperfection in the Heavens....................101
5 The Conflict of Truths....................117
PART III NATURAL HISTORY 6 The Chastity of Bees....................151
7 The Microscope and the Vernacular....................179
8 Plants and Reproduction....................195
9 The Mexican Treasury: Taxonomy and Illustration....................245
10 The Doctor's Dilemmas: Description, Dissection, and the Problem of Illustration....................275
11 Fossils....................305
PART IV PICTURES AND ORDER 12 The Failure of Pictures....................349
13 The Order of Nature....................367
14 The Fate of Pictures: Appearance, Truth, and Ambiguity....................397
Notes....................417
Abbreviations....................479
Bibliography....................481
Headings....................501
Index....................503

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