Imperial Nature: Joseph Hooker and the Practices of Victorian Science

Imperial Nature: Joseph Hooker and the Practices of Victorian Science

by Jim Endersby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226207919

ISBN-13: 9780226207919

Pub. Date: 05/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) was an internationally renowned botanist, a close friend and early supporter of Charles Darwin, and one of the first - and most successful - British men of science to become a full-time professional. He was also, Jim Endersby argues, the perfect embodiment of Victorian science. A vivid picture of the complex interrelationships of…  See more details below

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"Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) was an internationally renowned botanist, a close friend and early supporter of Charles Darwin, and one of the first - and most successful - British men of science to become a full-time professional. He was also, Jim Endersby argues, the perfect embodiment of Victorian science. A vivid picture of the complex interrelationships of scientific work and scientific ideas, Imperial Nature gracefully uses one individual's career to illustrate the changing world of science in the Victorian era." By analyzing Hooker's career, Endersby offers vivid insights into the everyday activities of nineteenth-century naturalists, considering matters as diverse as botanical illustration and microscopy, classification, and specimen transportation and storage, to reveal what naturalists actually did, how they earned a living, and what drove their scientific theories. What emerges is a rare glimpse of Victorian scientific practices in action. By focusing on science's material practices and one of its foremost practitioners, Endersby ably links concerns about empire, professionalism, and philosophical practices to the forging of a nineteenth-century scientific identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226207919
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction 1

1 Traveling 31

2 Collecting 54

3 Corresponding 84

4 Seeing 112

5 Classifying 137

6 Settling 170

7 Publishing 195

8 Charting 225

9 Associating 249

10 Governing 276

Conclusion 311

Notes 329

Bibliography 383

Index 411

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