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The Great Naturalists

Great Naturalists

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.

Author: Robert Huxley

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The Great Naturalists

£ 24.95


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 included in this book contributed massively to our knowledge of the natural world, enabling us to understand and appreciate it today.

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The book is gloriously illustrated with drawings, paintings and engravings, many by the naturalists themselves, largely drawn from the archives and collections at the Natural History Museum.

Written by an international team of experts, this is a fascinating and accessible collection of stories about pioneers who changed the course of science with their daring travels and groundbreaking theories, challenging the customs and beliefs of the day.
The book is edited by Robert Huxley who is Head of Collections in the Museum’s Botany Department.

186 x 246 mm
304 pp
Colour throughout
November 07
Published by Thames and Hudson in collaboration with the Natural History Museum

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