Ordering Life: Karl Jordan and the Naturalist Tradition

Ordering Life: Karl Jordan and the Naturalist Tradition

by Kristin Johnson


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ISBN-13: 9781421406008
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2012
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kristin Johnson is an assistant professor of science, technology, and society at the University of Puget Sound.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Joining the Naturalist Tradition 9

"Beetles. Beautiful beetles" 10

Becoming a Zoologist 14

The Cosmopolitan Naturalists 21

The "nice berth": Curating a Zoological Museum 26

Mobilizing the Naturalist Tradition 33

2 Reforming Entomology 40

The "strange mixture" of Entomologists 41

How to Do Entomology 48

The "making" of Species 55

A New Type of Collection 62

Retraining the Natural History Network 67

3 Ordering Beetles, Butterflies, and Moths 74

"The great desideratum" 75

Revising the Swallowtails 79

Making Systematics Scientific 86

Crossing over to Biology 94

Amassing the Concreta 103

4 Ordering Naturalists 112

Men of Two Classes 113

Organizing Entomologists 118

The End of Tring's Heyday 126

"Science knows no country" 134

A "nation of Entomologists" 140

5 A Descent into Disorder 155

Telling "which way the wind blows" 256

The-Balance of Europe Is Upset 165

The Standstill 172

Recovering Friends, Committees, and Congresses I 179

"The requirements for a thorough investigation" 185

6 Taxonomy in a Changed World 191

The Rise of Applied Entomology 192

"Something amiss" 199

Various Utopias I: The Ithaca Congress 206

Various Utopias II: The International Entomological Institute 212

A Lad's Last Marble 219

7 The Ruin of War and the Synthesis of Biology 229

The Edges of Empire 230

Where Subspecies Meet 235

"The end of Tring as we have known and cherished it" 242

"Provided Europe does not get quite mad" 249

"Without the collection I am hopeless" 257

8 Naturalists in a New Landscape 265

Recovering Friends, Committees, and Congresses II 266

The Quest to "clear up the chaos" in Weevils and Fleas 272

Avoiding the Snake in the Grass 280

Glorified Office Boys 286

Late for a Knighthood 291

Conclusion 300

Acknowledgments 313

Notes 315

Essay on Sources 357

Index 367

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"Johnson’s far-reaching and insightful account not only sheds new light on the many internal and external challenges that naturalists faced in the later part of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries, it also reveals the power of scientific biography in making sense of the complex, multifaceted transformations that the naturalist tradition experienced during this period."

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