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Reading the Shape of Nature Comparative Zoology at the Agassiz Museum

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ISBN-10: 0226902153

ISBN-13: 9780226902159

Edition: 1991

Authors: Mary P. Winsor

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Reading the Shape of Nature vividly recounts the turbulent early history of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard and the contrasting careers of its founder Louis Agassiz and his son Alexander. Through the story of this institution and the individuals who formed it, Mary P. Winsor explores the conflicting forces that shaped systematics in the second half of the nineteenth century. Debates over the philosophical foundations of classification, details of taxonomic research, the young institution's financial struggles, and the personalities of the men most deeply involved are all brought to life. In 1859, Louis Agassiz established the Museum of Comparative Zoology to house research on…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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