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How Zoologists Organize Things David Bainbridge

How Zoologists Organize Things By David Bainbridge

How Zoologists Organize Things by David Bainbridge


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Discover how categorisation has shaped our view of the natural world with How Zoologists Organize Things. The book unveils wild truths and even wilder myths about animals, as perpetuated by zoologists - revealing how much more there is to learn, and unlearn.

How Zoologists Organize Things Summary

How Zoologists Organize Things: The Art of Classification by David Bainbridge

Humankind's fascination with the animal kingdom began as a matter of survival - differentiating the edible from the toxic, the ferocious from the tractable. Since then, our compulsion to catalogue wildlife has played a key role in growing our understanding of the planet and ourselves, inspiring religious beliefs and evolving scientific theories. The book unveils wild truths and even wilder myths about animals, as perpetuated by zoologists - revealing how much more there is to learn, and unlearn.

Long before Darwin, our ancestors were obsessed with the visual similarities and differences between the animals. Early scientists could sense there was an order that unified all life and formulated a variety of schemes to help illustrate this. This human quest to classify living beings has left us with a rich artistic legacy, from the folklore and religiosity of the ancient and Medieval world through the naturalistic cataloging of the Enlightenment to the modern, computer-generated classificatory labyrinth.

This book tells the fascinating, visual story of this process. The wonderful zoological charts reflect prevailing artistic trends and scientific discoveries, as well as telling us as much about ourselves as they do about the creatures depicted.

How Zoologists Organize Things Reviews

Thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "How Zoologists Organize Things: The Art of Classification" will prove to be a unique and welcome addition to personal, professional, highschool, community, college, and university library Contemporary Science collections in general, and zoology supplemental curriculum reading lists in particular. * Midwest Book Review *

About David Bainbridge

David Bainbridge is a reproductive biologist, popular science writer, and the Clinical Veterinary Anatomist, the world-top-ranked Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. As well as many academic and clinical publications, he has written seven popular science books, widely reviewed, discussed and translated. He is a fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, whose alumni include John Ray, the originator of the biological term "species." David Bainbridge is the definitive voice on zoology classification.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Aristotle, Bestiaries & Cynocephali
2 Creating Order from Profusion
3 Trees of Life in a Newly Ancient World
4 Outward Patterns, Inner Workings
Index
Credits

Additional information

GOR012480344
9780711252264
0711252262
How Zoologists Organize Things: The Art of Classification by David Bainbridge
Used - Like New
Hardback
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
2020-09-01
256
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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