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Essay on the Geography of Plants

ISBN-10: 022605473X
ISBN-13: 9780226054735
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Description: The legacy of Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) looms large over the natural sciences. His 1799–1804 research expedition to Central and South America with botanist Aimé Bonpland set the course for the great scientific surveys of the nineteenth  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The legacy of Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) looms large over the natural sciences. His 1799–1804 research expedition to Central and South America with botanist Aimé Bonpland set the course for the great scientific surveys of the nineteenth century, and inspired such essayists and artists as Emerson, Goethe, Thoreau, Poe, and Church.The chronicles of the expedition were published in Paris after Humboldt’s return, and first among them was the 1807 “Essay on the Geography of Plants.” Among the most cited writings in natural history, after the works of Darwin and Wallace, this work appears here for the first time in a complete English-language translation. Covering far more than its title implies, it represents the first articulation of an integrative “science of the earth, ” encompassing most of today’s environmental sciences.  Ecologist Stephen T. Jackson introduces the treatise and explains its enduring significance two centuries after its publication. This edition also includes a poster-sized color reproduction of the Mt. Chimborazo tableau, an icon in the history of science and scientific graphics.   

Stephen T. Jackson is professor emeritus of botany and ecology at the University of Wyoming. He lives in Tucson, AZ.

Preface
Note to the Reader
Note on Nomenclature
Note on Units
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Humboldt, Ecology, and the Cosmos
Translator's Note
Essay on the Geography of Plants
Text of Humboldt's Tableau physique
Humboldt's Pictorial Science: An Analysis of the Tableau physique des Andes et Pays voisins
Plant Species Cited in Humboldt's Essay and Tableau physique
Instruments Utilized in Developing the Tableau physique
Biographical Sketches
Bibliographical Essay and Bibliography
Color plate

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