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The Great Naturalists: From Aristotle to Darwin [Hardcover]

Robert Huxley
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29 Oct 2007
This book tells the story of the development of ideas about natural history as seen through the lives, observations and discoveries of nearly forty great naturalists, from Classical times to the end of the 19th century. From such giants as Aristotle, Linnaeus and Darwin to less lauded but nonetheless important figures as Antony van Leeuwenhoek, Nicolas Steno and Mary Anning, all the people here contributed massively to our knowledge of the natural world, enabling us to understand and appreciate it today.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st edition edition (29 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500251398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500251393
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 19.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Captures the thrill of discovery in a time before scientific specialization'
-- The World of Interiors

'Meticulously illustrated... peppered with fascinating stories'
-- The Lady

'The most cherishable book you can give this Christmas to anyone interested in natural history'
-- Daily Mail

About the Author

Robert Huxley is Head of Collections, Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum, London.

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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book 28 Jun 2009
A fantastic book. i was given it as a present initially and then have bought it for other people because I enjoyed it so much. i am very interested in natural science, plants and plant hunters, in particular, but the found the whole book absorbing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Introduction to Naturalists and the Art of Nature 14 April 2009
By John R. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Profound theories sprung from fertile imaginations, leaps of faith (and often logic), and long lost skills of observation and contemplation are served out in chronological (and to a large extent evolutionary) order from the earliest naturalists to the more recent, pre-photography age, in an eminently readable format. This wonderful book combines the theoretical and empirical analysis of flora, fauna (including bugs and people) and geology with shockingly beautiful illustrations of what the heck they were talking about. Lots of woolens and beards--in a good way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Naturalists 9 Feb 2008
By Henrietta L. Keller - Published on Amazon.com
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The articles on each naturalist are short, to the point, and well illustrated. The book is a fun read! Fascinating and adventurous people: Maria Sibylla Merian, Carl Linnaeus, Georges Cuvier, Charles Darwin and many others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Naturalists - an excellent read 3 Nov 2009
By George K. Peck - Published on Amazon.com
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This book details an outstanding review of the thought processes and work of the early naturalists as they gradually moved from the 'creationist theory' to the present day fact of our world's evolutionary progression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Natrualists 16 Sep 2008
By Shane Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best source for reading about greatest Naturalists of all time. A fascinating and wonderful book
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