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Burke and Wills: The Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition
 
 

Burke and Wills: The Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition [Kindle Edition]

EB Joyce , DA McCann

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"Becker's work in particular is world-class scientific illustration and landscape art, created under the worst imaginable circumstances, and it is beautifully reproduced here. A book that gives a new picture of an important event in Australian history, it is necessary for scholars in the field, and would be informative and enjoyable for any reader interested in natural history, art, Victorian exploration, or Australia."

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This book challenges the common assumption that little or nothing of scientific value was achieved during the Burke and Wills expedition.

The Royal Society of Victoria initiated the Victorian Exploring Expedition as a serious scientific exploration of hitherto unexplored regions of inland and northern Australia. Members of the expedition were issued with detailed instructions on scientific measurements and observations to be carried out, covering about a dozen areas of science. The tragic ending of the expedition meant that most of the results of the scientific investigations were not reported or published. Burke and Wills: The Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition rectifies this historic omission.

It includes the original instructions as well as numerous paintings and drawings, documents the actual science undertaken as recorded in notebooks and diaries, and analyses the outcomes. It reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of both the Burke and Wills expedition and the various relief expeditions which followed.

Importantly, this new book has led to a re-appraisal of the shortcomings and the successes of the journey. It will be a compelling read for all those interested in the history of exploration, science and natural history, as well as Australian history and heritage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4858 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING; Reprint edition (2 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062ENZZA
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