Sex Botany And Empire Icon Science

Author: Patricia Fara
Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 1785782428
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Sex Botany And Empire Icon Science from the Author: Patricia Fara. When the imperial explorer James Cook returned from his first voyage to Australia, scandal writers mercilessly satirised the amorous exploits of his botanist Joseph Banks, whose trousers were reportedly stolen while he was inside the tent of Queen Oberea of Tahiti. Was the pursuit of scientific truth really what drove Enlightenment science? In Sweden and Britain, both imperial powers, Banks and Carl Linneaus ruled over their own small scientific empires, promoting botanical exploration to justify the exploitation of territories, peoples and natural resources. Regarding native peoples with disdain, these two scientific emperors portrayed the Arctic North and the Pacific Ocean as uncorrupted Edens, free from the shackles of Western sexual mores. In this ‘absorbing’ (Observer) book, Patricia Fara reveals the existence, barely concealed under Banks' and Linnaeus' camouflage of noble Enlightenment, of the altogether more seedy drives to conquer, subdue and deflower in the name of the British Imperial state.

Erasmus Darwin

Author: Patricia Fara
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199582661
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Erasmus Darwin from the Author: Patricia Fara. Written by the prize-winning author Patricia Fara, this is a book packed with differences. Its main character is Dr Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, but Erasmus Darwin is more original and innovative than a straightforward biography. Inviting her readers to accompany her on a tour of the past, Fara describes the impact that Erasmus Darwin had on his eighteenth-century colleagues, impressing many with his poetry but scandalizing others by puttingforward ideas about evolution before his grandson had even been born. Based in the Midlands, this ebullient yet compassionate doctor influenced contemporary society as well - as the science of the future.

Empire Of Extinction

Author: Ryan Tucker Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199373809
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Empire Of Extinction from the Author: Ryan Tucker Jones. In the second half of the eighteenth century, the Russian Empire-already the largest on earth-expanded its dominion onto the ocean. Through a series of government-sponsored voyages of discovery and the establishment of a private fur trade, Russians crossed and re-crossed the Bering Strait and the North Pacific Ocean, establishing colonies in Kamchatka and Alaska and exporting marine mammal furs to Europe and China. In the process they radically transformed the North Pacific, causing environmental catastrophe. In one of the most hotly-contested imperial arenas of the day, the Russian empire organized a host of Siberian and Alaskan native peoples to rapaciously hunt for fur seals, sea otters, and other fur-bearing animals. The animals declined precipitously, and Steller's sea cow went extinct. This destruction captured the attention of natural historians who for the first time began to recognize the threat of species extinction. These experts drew upon Enlightenment and Romantic-era ideas about nature and imperialism but their ideas were refracted through Russian scientific culture and influenced by the region's unique ecology. Cosmopolitan scientific networks ensured the spread of their ideas throughout Europe. Heeding the advice of these scientific experts, Russian colonial governors began long-term management of marine mammal stocks and instituted some of the colonial world's most forward-thinking conservationist policies. Highlighting the importance of the North Pacific in Russian imperial and global environmental history, Empire of Extinction focuses on the development of ideas about the natural world in a crucial location far from what has been considered the center of progressive environmental attitudes.

Aus Hartem Holz

Author: Annie Proulx
Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag
ISBN: 3641192064
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Aus Hartem Holz from the Author: Annie Proulx. Annie Proulxs erster Roman seit ĂŒber zehn Jahren, das lang erwartete Meisterwerk der PulitzerpreistrĂ€gerin: ein monumentales Epos, das lebensprall, sprachgewaltig und intensiv dreihundert Jahre nordamerikanischer Geschichte einfĂ€ngt und von der Abholzung der scheinbar endlosen WĂ€lder erzĂ€hlt, vom ewigen Kampf zwischen Mensch und Natur.

A Wild Adventure

Author: Tom Pow
Publisher: Birlinn
ISBN: 0857907867
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A Wild Adventure from the Author: Tom Pow. Tom Pow's beautiful, powerful poems examine the remarkable life of Thomas Watling. Watling was born in Dumfries in September 1762 and raised by a long-suffering maiden aunt. Convicted of forging Bank of Scotland one-guinea notes he was sentenced to fourteen years in the recently founded colony of Botany Bay in Australia. The first professional artist to arrive in the colony, Watling was seconded to its Surgeon General (and amateur naturalist) John White. His pioneer paintings of birds, animals and the landscape became some of the principal records of the earliest days of Australia. He was eventually pardoned, on 5 April 1797, and left Australia, eventually returning home to Dumfries. He died there, most likely in 1814.

Meine Kurze Geschichte

Author: Stephen Hawking
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644038619
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Meine Kurze Geschichte from the Author: Stephen Hawking. Zum ersten Mal lĂ€sst der Jahrhundertphysiker Stephen Hawking sein ganzes privates und wissenschaftliches Leben Revue passieren – mit seinen eigenen Worten und in einem Buch voller Weisheit und Humor. Hawking erzĂ€hlt von seiner Kindheit und Jugend in Oxford und St. Albans, vom Ausbruch der degenerativen Erkrankung des motorischen Nervensystems (ALS), ĂŒber das Leben mit der Krankheit und der stĂ€ndigen Todesgefahr. Über Weltreisen, Leidenschaften und schrĂ€ge Wetten unter Kosmologen. Und zum ersten Mal schildert er, warum seine beiden Ehen nicht hielten – und wie ihm beide Ehefrauen buchstĂ€blich das Leben retteten. Zugleich stellt Stephen Hawking seine großen theoretischen Entdeckungen in ein neues Licht: seine Arbeiten ĂŒber Schwarze Löcher, den Urknall und ĂŒber imaginĂ€re Zeit, die einen neuen Blick auf die Geschichte des Universums eröffneten und ihn berĂŒhmt gemacht haben. Dieses Buch, der Krankheit abgetrotzt, ist ein kleines Wunder. Ein Muss fĂŒr Hawking-Fans. Und fĂŒr alle, die einen der bedeutendsten Denker der Gegenwart neu entdecken möchten.

Darwin Und Die Botanik

Author: Ekkehard Höxtermann
ISBN: 9783941365001
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Darwin Und Die Botanik from the Author: Ekkehard Höxtermann.