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 Catching Nature in the Act – Réaumur and the Practice of Natural History in the Eighteenth Century

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TERRALL, M.: Catching Nature in the Act – Réaumur and the Practice of Natural History in the Eighteenth Century

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Chicago 2014, geb., SU, 264 Seiten, 46 Abb. At the center of Terrall’s study is René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683–1757)—the definitive authority on natural history in the middle decades of the eighteenth century—and his many correspondents, assistants, and collaborators. Through a close examination of Réaumur’s publications, papers, and letters, Terrall reconstructs the working relationships among these naturalists and shows how observing, collecting, and experimenting fit into their daily lives. Essential reading for historians of science and early modern Europe, Catching Nature in the Act defines and excavates a dynamic field of francophone natural history that has been inadequately mined and understood to date.      

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Author
TERRALL, M.:
Language
English