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The Resource Aristotle's ladder, Darwin's tree : the evolution of visual metaphors for biological order, J. David Archibald

Aristotle's ladder, Darwin's tree : the evolution of visual metaphors for biological order, J. David Archibald

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Aristotle's ladder, Darwin's tree : the evolution of visual metaphors for biological order
Title
Aristotle's ladder, Darwin's tree
Title remainder
the evolution of visual metaphors for biological order
Statement of responsibility
J. David Archibald
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Language
eng
Summary
"Leading paleontologist David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on human beings' perception of their place in nature. Specifically, Archibald focuses on ladders and trees, and the first appearance of trees to represent seasonal life cycles. Their use in ancient Roman decorations and genealogies was then appropriated by the early Christian Church to represent biblical genealogies. The late eighteenth century saw the idea of a tree reappropriated to visualize relationships in the natural world, sometimes with a creationist view, but in some instances suggesting evolution. Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) exorcised the exclusively creationist view of the "tree of life." His ideas sparked an explosion of trees, mostly by younger acolytes in Europe. Although Darwin's influence waned in the early twentieth century, by midcentury his ideas held sway once again in time for another and even greater explosion of tree building, generated by the development of new theories on how to assemble trees, the birth of powerful computing, and the emergence of molecular technology. Throughout his far-reaching study, and with the use of many figures, Archibald connects the evolution of "tree of life" iconography to our changing perception of the world and ourselves, offering uncommon insight into how we went from standing on the top rung of the biological ladder to embodying just one tiny twig on the tree of life."--Provided by publisher
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Archibald, J. David
Dewey number
570.1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH315 .A723 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Biology
  • Human evolution
  • Imagery (Psychology)
  • Metaphor
  • NATURE
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • Biology
  • Human evolution
  • Imagery (Psychology)
  • Metaphor
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Aristotle's ladder, Darwin's tree : the evolution of visual metaphors for biological order, J. David Archibald
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-227) and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Blaming Aristotle -- The roots of the tree of life -- Competing visual metaphors -- Deciphering Darwin's trees -- The gilded age of evolutionary trees -- The waning and waxing of Darwinian trees -- Revolutions in tree building -- The paragon of animals
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884645828
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1 online resource (xii, 242 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781322547824
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)884645828
Label
Aristotle's ladder, Darwin's tree : the evolution of visual metaphors for biological order, J. David Archibald
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-227) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Blaming Aristotle -- The roots of the tree of life -- Competing visual metaphors -- Deciphering Darwin's trees -- The gilded age of evolutionary trees -- The waning and waxing of Darwinian trees -- Revolutions in tree building -- The paragon of animals
Control code
884645828
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 242 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781322547824
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • dde44c62-fecc-4124-835b-c3f02f81e970
  • 22573/ctt1482482
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)884645828

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