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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
Title remainder
Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century
Statement of responsibility
Mary Terrall
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
"Natural history in the eighteenth century was many things to many people--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 (1683-1757)--the definitive authority on natural history in the middle decades of the eighteenth century--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." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
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Terrall, Mary
Dewey number
508
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH15
LC item number
.T47 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Réaumur, René-Antoine Ferchault de
  • Natural history
  • Naturalists
  • Réaumur, R.A. de
  • Réaumur, René-Antoine Ferchault de
  • Réaumur, René Antoine Ferchault de
  • Natural history
  • Naturalists
  • Aufklärung
  • Natur
  • Naturalismus
  • Naturverständnis
  • Frankophones Europa
Label
Catching nature in the act : Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century, Mary Terrall
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-257) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The terrain of natural history -- "Catching nature in the act" -- Seeing again and again: illustration and observation in domestic surroundings -- 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
841558925
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9780226088747
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2013016604
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40023525959
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)841558925
Label
Catching nature in the act : Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century, Mary Terrall
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-257) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The terrain of natural history -- "Catching nature in the act" -- Seeing again and again: illustration and observation in domestic surroundings -- 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
841558925
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9780226088747
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2013016604
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40023525959
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)841558925

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