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Shores of Knowledge

New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination
Appleby, Joyce Oldham (Book - 2013 )
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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.
Authors: Appleby, Joyce Oldham
Title: Shores of knowledge
New World discoveries and the scientific imagination
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: The New World finds its scribes
Discovery of the other half of the globe
Publishers spread the word of the New World
Collectors, menageries, and naturalists
Amateur naturalists yield to experts
The true shape of the Earth
Attention turns to the Pacific
Humboldt and Darwin in the New World
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780393239515
0393239519
Statement of Responsibility: Joyce Appleby
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [259]-281) and index
Subject Headings: America Discovery and exploration European Discoveries in science History Discoveries in geography History Natural history America History
Topical Term: Discoveries in science
Discoveries in geography
Natural history
LCCN: 2013017212
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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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