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Shores of Knowledge

New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination

Appleby, Joyce Oldham

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Recounts the triumphs and mishaps of Columbus and other explorers, following the naturalists--both famous and obscure--whose investigations of the world's fauna and flora fueled the rise of science and technology that propelled Western Europe towards modernity.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393239515
0393239519
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Feb 24, 2014
  • sess430 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Appleby (History, Emeritus/UCLA) states that "the most significant consequence of the age of discovery was the awakening of curiosity among Europeans about the world in which they lived". She relates a broad survey of various influences and happenings that took place over 4 centuries to propel us to where we are today. Although a few of the early chapters seemed a little dry, those about Darwin and Humboldt were very interesting, as well as the description of some colorful anecdotes (i.e. the experiment involving frogs). For those interested in reading other books of this genre, the bibliography is an excellent resource.

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