Chrysalis Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis

ISBN-10: 0156032996
ISBN-13: 9780156032995
Edition: 2007
Authors: Kim Todd
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012

Today, an entomologist in a laboratory can gaze at a butterfly pupa with a microscope so powerful that the swirling cells on the pupa's skin look like a galaxy. She can activate a single gene or knock it out. What she can't do is discover how the insect behaves in its natural habitat--which means she doesn't know what steps to take to preserve it from extinction, nor how any particular gene may interact with the environment. Four hundred years ago, a fifty-year-old Dutch woman set sail on a solo scientific expedition to study insect metamorphosis. She could not have imagined the routine magic that scientists perform today--but her absolute insistence on studying insects in their natural habitats was so far ahead of its time that it is only now coming back into favor. Chrysalis restores Maria Sibylla Merian to her rightful place in the history of science, taking us from golden-age Amsterdam to the Surinam tropics to modern laboratories where Merian's insights fuel new approaches to both ecology and genetics.

A former newspaper reporter, Kim Todd holds a B.A. from Yale University & an M.F.A. from the University of Montana. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

Prologue
The Most Noble of All the Worms
Godly Miracles in a Little Book
That Which Is Found in the Fens and Heath
Le Grande Monde
An Awesome and Expensive Trip
Far Out into the Wilderness
The First and Strangest Work That Had Ever Been Painted in America
The Modern World Is Very Sensitive
Because of Its Color So Special
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources
Index

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