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The Resource Catching nature in the act : Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century, Mary Terrall

Catching nature in the act : Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century, Mary Terrall

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Catching nature in the act : Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century
Title
Catching nature in the act
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Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century
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Mary Terrall
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Language
eng
Summary
Natural history in the eighteenth century was many things to many people<U+0127> �diversion, obsession, medically or economically useful knowledge, spectacle, evidence for God's providence and wisdom, or even the foundation of all natural knowledge. Because natural history was pursued by such a variety of people around the globe, with practitioners sharing neither methods nor training, it has been characterized as a science of straightforward description, devoted to amassing observations as the raw material for classification and thus fundamentally distinct from experimental physical science. In Catching Nature in the Act, Mary Terrall revises this picture, revealing how eighteenth-century natural historians incorporated various experimental techniques and strategies into their practice. At the center of Terrall's study is René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683<U+0127> �1757)<U+0127> �the definitive authority on natural history in the middle decades of the eighteenth century<U+0127> �and his many correspondents, assistants, and collaborators. Through a close examination of Réaumur's publications, papers, and letters, Terrall reconstructs the working relationships among these naturalists and shows how observing, collecting, and experimenting fit into their daily lives. Essential reading for historians of science and early modern Europe, Catching Nature in the Act defines and excavates a dynamic field of francophone natural history that has been inadequately mined and understood to date.--
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Terrall, Mary
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508
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non fiction
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  • Réaumur, René-Antoine Ferchault de
  • Natural history
  • Naturalists
  • Natural history
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Catching nature in the act : Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century, Mary Terrall
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-257) and index
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nc
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Contents
The terrain of natural history -- "Catching nature in the act" -- Seeing again and again : illustration and observation in domestic settings -- Recruiting observers and training "philosophical eyes" -- Natural prodigies : asexual reproduction and regeneration -- A spectacle pleasing to the mind : natural history on display -- Chickens, eggs, and the perennial question of the generation of animals
Control code
FIEb17543435
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9780226088600
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1088468782
Label
Catching nature in the act : Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century, Mary Terrall
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-257) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
The terrain of natural history -- "Catching nature in the act" -- Seeing again and again : illustration and observation in domestic settings -- Recruiting observers and training "philosophical eyes" -- Natural prodigies : asexual reproduction and regeneration -- A spectacle pleasing to the mind : natural history on display -- Chickens, eggs, and the perennial question of the generation of animals
Control code
FIEb17543435
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9780226088600
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1088468782

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