Great Naturalists

ISBN-10: 0500251398

ISBN-13: 9780500251393

Edition: 2007

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The story of natural history as seen through the lives, observations, and discoveries of the world's greatest naturalists. We owe a debt of gratitude to the great naturalists who described, experimented, and collected, who gave us the means to understand the natural world and the potential not only to exploit it but also to conserve it. They came from all over Europe and America, from Classical times to the end of the nineteenth century when natural history changed from a mainly amateur pursuit to today's specialized scientific profession. Braving dangers from storms, pirates, and disease in their pursuit of cataloging the natural world, pioneers such as Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin changed the course of science with their daring travels and groundbreaking theories. This book includes many who are well known, such as the earliest great natural historian, Aristotle; Carl Linnaeus, the man who brought order to nature; the great voyager and collector Joseph Banks; and Georges Cuvier, who established the concept of extinction. But others are now given their rightful place: Antony van Leeuwenhoek, who made his own microscopes and discovered bacteria; Nicolas Steno, who opened the door to the earth's geological past; and Mary Anning, "the princess of palaeontology," who had an amazing, self-taught talent for finding fossils. Many whose lives are described here were great artists as well as naturalists, and the book is illustrated with beautiful and precise paintings and drawings of birds, animals, fossils, fish, shells, and rocks selected from the unparalleled picture archives and collections of the Natural History Museum, London, as well as other sources. 194 illustrations, 137 in color.
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

'Unity in Diversity'
The Ancients
Aristotle: The First Philosopher-Naturalist
Theophrastus: The Father of Botany
Pedanios Dioscorides: Recording the Medicinal Use of Plants
Pliny the Elder: Collector of Knowledge
The Renaissance
Leonhart Fuchs: The Value of Illustrations
Ulisse Aldrovandi: Observation at First Hand
Andrea Cesalpino: Physician, Philosopher and Botanist
Pierre Belon: Pioneer of Comparative Anatomy
Konrad Gessner: The Beginnings of Modern Zoology
The Enlightenment
Nicolaus Steno: Unlocking the Earth's Geological Past
John Ray: The English Aristotle
Robert Hooke: Natural History Through The Microscope
Antony van Leeuwenhoek: The Discoverer of Bacteria
Sir Hans Sloane: The Great Collector
Maria Sibylla Merian: The Metamorphosis of Insects
Mark Catesby: Colonial Naturalist and Artist
Carl Linnaeus: The Man Who Brought Order to Nature
Comte de Buffon: A Grand Theorist
Georg Steller: The Discovery of Alaska
Michel Adanson: A Universal Method of Classification
Erasmus Darwin: Evolutionary Beginnings
William Bartram: Scientific Recorder and Artist
Joseph Banks: Voyager and Patron of Natural History
Johann Christian Fabricius: Classifier of Insect Diversity
James Hutton: Discoverer of Geological Time
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck: The Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics
Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu: A New Method of Plant Classification
Georges Cuvier: Extinction and the Animal Kingdom
The 19th Century
William Smith: The Father of English Geology
Alexander von Humboldt: A Vision of the Unity of Nature
John James Audubon: Artist, Naturalist and Adventurer
William Buckland: First to Describe a Dinosaur
Charles Lyell: Advocate of Modern Geology
Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter
Richard Owen: Champion of Comparative Anatomy
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz: Examination, Observation, Comparison
Charles Darwin: The Complete Naturalist
Alfred Russel Wallace: The Problem of the Origin of Species
Asa Gray: The Plants of the American West
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