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The Great Naturalists: From Aristotle to Darwin

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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 A
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 29th 2007 by Thames & Hudson (first published 2007)
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Danielle T
A survey of the titular "Great Naturalists" from antiguity to the 19th century, from Aristotle to Asa Gray. Biographies range from a couple pages to around twenty for some of the more notable ones. There are only two women profiled (Maria Sibylla Merian and Mary Anning) though that can be handwaved due to a focus on western natural history. Full color illustrations are the highlight of this (and honestly should accompany most things about natural history in my opinion).
Silvio
Apr 14, 2008 Silvio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compre este libro ayer, Domingo 13 de Abril 2008. Lo encontre revisando las novedades en Ciencia en una libreria en Buenos Aires. La verdad que aun no lo lei, pero el libro es fantastico, con una edicion impecable, y el tema es genial: una revision de los naturalistas desde los griegos hasta Darwin. Apenas lo tenga mas leido, o simplemente pasado las paginas, prometo escribir algo mas.
Tina
May 18, 2008 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature-writing
I thought this book was very well done. Each naturalist was covered by a different essayist, and all were interesting to read. Many illustrations were included, and they enhanced the text. I would recommend this book as a gift to anyone who likes natural history.
Susanne
Aug 19, 2009 Susanne rated it it was amazing
Fascinating stories and historical accounts of the first natural scientists with beautiful pictures.
Melissa
Jan 18, 2009 Melissa marked it as to-read
Shelves: just-purchased
Stunning book, just from flipping through it!

i am in love with the old school drawings of wild life adn this book is going to be good!!!
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