The Great Naturalists

The Great Naturalists

by Robert Huxley, Julia Brittain
     
 

The great naturalists described, experimented, collected and gave us the means to order and understand the natural world to exploit it, but also to conserve it and ensure its future survival.

Here are the stories of nearly 40 of these great pioneers, from all over Europe and America, from Classical times to the end of the 19th century, when natural history

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The great naturalists described, experimented, collected and gave us the means to order and understand the natural world to exploit it, but also to conserve it and ensure its future survival.

Here are the stories of nearly 40 of these great pioneers, from all over Europe and America, from Classical times to the end of the 19th century, when natural history changed from a mainly amateur pursuit to the specialized profession we know today.

Here are the lives of famous figures, such as Aristotle, Carl Linnaeus, Joseph Banks and Georges Cuvier, who established the concept of extinction. Intrepid naturalists such as Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin changed the course of science with their daring travels and groundbreaking theories, which challenged the accepted ideas and beliefs of their day.

Others, less well known, are now given their rightful place � Ulisse Aldrovandi, the first director of a natural history museum; Antony van Leeuwenhoek, who discovered bacteria with microscopes he made himself; Nicolaus Steno, who opened the door to the Earth�s geological past; and Mary Anning, �the princess of palaeontology�, who had an amazing talent for finding fossils.

The book is illustrated with breathtakingly beautiful and precise paintings and drawings of birds, animals, fossils, fish, shells and geology, the majority selected from the unparalleled picture archives and collections of the Natural History Museum, London.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500251393
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
10/29/2007
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,096,283
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Huxley is Head of Collections, Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum, London.

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