Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150--1750” as Want to Read:
Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150--1750
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150--1750

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Winner of the History of Science Society's Pfizer Prize"This book is about setting the limits of the natural and the limits of the known, wonders and wonder, from the High Middle Ages through the Enlightenment. A history of wonders as objects of natural inquiry is simultaneously an intellectual history of the orders of nature. A history of wonder as a passion of natural in ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by Zone Books (first published May 22nd 1998)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150--1750, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150--1750

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 263)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Fascinating book - it seems everything Lorraine Daston's touches is brilliant. This was my entrée to early-modern science studies, and a compelling and engaging introduction at that. Though I may bicker with some of Park and Daston's arguments - I think they overstate the centrality of the 17th century to the development of modernity - one forgives them the occasional overstretching, and towards the back end of the book, repetitiveness, because as a whole the work is so brillaint.

Fantastically i
Sep 12, 2007 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like science writing
This is a pretty amazing book - one of my all-time favorites. It's a history of how a sense of wonder (religious, supernatural, whatever) drove scientific investigation in pre-Modern Europe. It's science writing and writing about the history of science, but it's also about the way culture is constructed in the shadow of irrational impulses. Plus it's beautifully written and Lorraine Daston is a badass academic who can actually make a non-academic reader feel connected to what she's writing.
Ben Michael
Interested in freaks and wonders, but also want to know how they got that way in the first place? Think about how huge the world was, when ostrich eggs and alligators inspired maps that contained dragon-like fish between continents. Read this before you even pick up a book on circuses or so-called hermaphrodites.
It was a pleasure just to leaf through this nicely constructed book. The illustrations alone were entertaining. The argument on the changing meanings attached to wonder, especially in changing cultural contexts, was lucid and informative.
This is a spectacular but messy book. Fascinating, but remind yourself when you read it to employ a little common sense.
Allison DeVito
Read this for a class, but really enjoyed the examples and the complex philosophy of wonder and curiosity.
Interesting subject, but I just couldn't get into the book itself.
Mariuka Uka
Mariuka Uka marked it as to-read
Jan 30, 2015
Laura marked it as to-read
Jan 28, 2015
Kevin marked it as to-read
Jan 25, 2015
Avz Kmp
Avz Kmp marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2015
Nicole added it
Jan 15, 2015
Nina marked it as to-read
Jan 10, 2015
Bonnie Lee
Bonnie Lee marked it as to-read
Jan 08, 2015
John Beardsley
John Beardsley is currently reading it
Jan 07, 2015
Jonathan Levine
Jonathan Levine marked it as to-read
Jan 04, 2015
Hstrait marked it as to-read
Jan 02, 2015
Eva marked it as to-read
Jan 01, 2015
Kellie marked it as to-read
Dec 29, 2014
Young Napoleon
Young Napoleon marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2014
Joni marked it as to-read
Dec 22, 2014
Sean Downey
Sean Downey marked it as to-read
Dec 21, 2014
Vicki marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2014
Elzbieta marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life
  • The Wheels of Commerce
  • Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance
  • Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, a Concise History: Volume I: To 1740
  • Landscape And Memory
  • The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing
  • Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science
  • The Civilization Of Europe In The Renaissance
  • Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830
  • The Great Wall: China Against the World, 1000 BC - AD 2000
  • Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean
  • Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (Studies in Environment and History)
  • Tycho and Kepler: The Unlikely Partnership That Forever Changed Our Understanding of the Heavens
  • God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins to 1795
  • The Kindness of Strangers: The Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance
  • Flesh in the Age of Reason: The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul
  • The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn
Lorraine Daston (born June 9, 1951, East Lansing, Michigan)[1] is an American historian of science. Executive director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin, and visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, she is considered an authority on Early Modern European scientific and intellectual history. In 1993, she was named a f ...more
More about Lorraine Daston...
Objectivity Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science Thinking with Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism Histories of Scientific Observation Biographies of Scientific Objects

Share This Book