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A Gathering of Wonders

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Since it was founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has stood as one of the world's greatest repositories of scientific information and investigation. This delightful book takes us behind the exhibits and shows us some of the great researchers and fabulous objects from the Museum's past and present, ranging through every department and focusing on fabulous ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 10th 2000 by St. Martin's Press
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Brittany
Jul 07, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with an natural history museum like the American Museum of Natural History is one of scale. You buy your ticket (which is not cheap) and then you face halls and halls and halls of amazing, cool, historic, and one-of-a-kind artifacts. For the first few, you are properly amazed, marveling at the history around, fitting new pieces of information together in unexpected ways in your head.

The problem is that it's too much. There's no way to take it all in. Your poor human senses and brain
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Noli Watson
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A Gathering of Wonders is a not half bad substitute for those of us who can't actually make the trip out to the AMNH in New York. It's a brisk, whirlwind survey of various research projects since the museum's founding. It's not what I was hoping for, which would be a comprehensive history of how the museum and its various projects and collections came to be (something I glimpsed in The Gilded Dinosaur: The Fossil War Between E.D. Cope and O.C. Marsh and the R
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Laura
May 01, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love museums, I work at a museum, I love learning about the secrets behind museums. That's what I expected to learn from this book; the secrets and controversies behind the AMNH, with a title like, "Behind the Scenes." Instead, this book was more about the research that has been done at the museum. I was not looking to read research papers when I picked up this book. There was the odd behind the scene story such as the blue whale exhibit, but for the most part it is an accumulation of research ...more
Mike Violano
There are very enjoyable stories sprinkled through out this book...just not enough of them. The author relies on research reports in the Museum's library for most of the anecdotes and background on curators and exhibits.
There was little "Behind the scenes..." in the sense of how the museum operates.
Danielle T
Aug 05, 2013 Danielle T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gathering of vignettes at the AMNH, more like (reminded me of a Tigra scientifica compilation), with chapters providing a loose theme for a series of research, expeditions, and stories about the collections. As a look over a broad number of categories, it does its job well- I enjoyed it, and have a better idea of what I'd want to look at if/when I ever go to NYC (I mean, I already did because of Carl Akeley but COME ON who doesn't love Carl Akeley)
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