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The Science of Describing : Natural History in Renaissance Europe - Brian W. Ogilvie

The Science of Describing

Natural History in Renaissance Europe

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Published: 1st February 2008
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Out of the diverse traditions of medical humanism, classical philology, and natural philosophy, Renaissance naturalists created a new science devoted to discovering and describing plants and animals. In order to distinguish and catalog new plant and animal species, they developed new techniques of observing and recording, created botanical gardens and herbaria, and exchanged correspondence and specimens within an international community. Drawing on published natural histories, manuscript correspondence, garden plans, travelogues, watercolors, and drawings, "The Science of Describing "reconstructs the evolution of this discipline of description through four generations of naturalists.
Illustrated with woodcuts, engravings, and photographs, "The Science of Describing "is the first broad interpretation of Renaissance natural history in more than a generation and will appeal widely to an interdisciplinary audience.
"Ogilvie shows that history has much to teach us. . . . He] has done more than just write about the Renaissance science of describing; he has written the story of how science constantly reinvents itself, seen through the lens of the pre-Linnaeans."--Sandra Knapp, "Nature"
"A book that . . . breaks with tradition even as it builds on it. Brian Ogilvie argues convincingly that we need to discard, once and for all, the idea that natural history remained largely static from the era of Aristotle until the birth of the modern world."--Jim Endersby, "Times Literary Supplement" "In this beautifully illustrated, fascinating book, Brian Ogilvie shows how the natural sciences developed in a vigorous and quite different way to the experimentalism of the 'hard' sciences."--Adrian Barnett, "New Scientist"

"In this beautifully illustrated, fascinating book, Brian Ogilvie shows how the natural sciences developed in a vigorous and quite different way to the experimentalism of the 'hard' sciences." - Adrian Barnett, New Scientist "Ogilvie shows that history has much to teach us.... [He] has done more than just write about the Renaissance science of describing; he has written the story of how science constantly reinvents itself, seen through the lens of the pre-Linnaeans." - Sandra Knapp, Nature "A book that... breaks with tradition even as it builds on it. Brian Ogilvie argues convincingly that we need to discard, once and for all, the idea that natural history remained largely static from the era of Aristotle until the birth of the modern world." - Jim Endersby, Times Literary Supplement"

List of Figuresp. viii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. x
Conventionsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The World of Renaissance Natural Historyp. 25
The Humanist Invention of Natural Historyp. 87
A Science of Describingp. 139
Common Sense, Classification, and the Catalogue of Naturep. 209
Conclusion: What Was "Renaissance Natural History"?p. 265
Notesp. 273
Bibliographyp. 331
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9780226620886
ISBN-10: 0226620883
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 431
Published: 1st February 2008
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.53