Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums

ISBN-10: 0195163362
ISBN-13: 9780195163360
Edition: 2003
Authors: Stephen T. Asma
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Description: This volume traces the cultural history of natural history museums from their origins in the 18th century through the present day, by tracing the changing attitudes and philosophies that influence the public displays of major natural history museums.

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List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

This volume traces the cultural history of natural history museums from their origins in the 18th century through the present day, by tracing the changing attitudes and philosophies that influence the public displays of major natural history museums.

Stephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, where he holds the title of Distinguished Scholar.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Flesh-eating Beetles and the Secret Art of Taxidermy
Peter the Great's Mysterious Jars: How to Pickle a Human Head and Other Great Achievements of the Scientific Revolution
Taxonomic Intoxication, Part I: Visualizing the Invisible
Taxonomic Intoxication, Part II: In Search of the Engine Room
Exhibiting Evolution: Diversity, Order, and the Construction of Nature
Evolution and the Roulette Wheel: A Chance Cosmos Rattles Some Bones
Drama in Diorama: The Confederation of Art and Science
Notes and Further Reading
Index

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