The Resource The eye of the Lynx : Galileo, his friends, and the beginnings of modern natural history, David Freedberg

The eye of the Lynx : Galileo, his friends, and the beginnings of modern natural history, David Freedberg

Label
The eye of the Lynx : Galileo, his friends, and the beginnings of modern natural history
Title
The eye of the Lynx
Title remainder
Galileo, his friends, and the beginnings of modern natural history
Statement of responsibility
David Freedberg
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher's description: Some years ago, David Freedberg opened a dusty cupboard at Windsor Castle and discovered hundreds of vividly colored, masterfully precise drawings of all sorts of plants and animals from the Old and New Worlds. Coming upon thousands more drawings like them across Europe, Freedberg finally traced them all back to a little-known scientific organization from seventeenth-century Italy called the Academy of Linceans (or Lynxes). Founded by Prince Federico Cesi in 1603, the Linceans took as their task nothing less than the documentation and classification of all of nature in pictorial form. In this first book-length study of the Linceans to appear in English, Freedberg focuses especially on their unprecedented use of drawings based on microscopic observation and other new techniques of visualization. Where previous thinkers had classified objects based mainly on similarities of external appearance, the Linceans instead turned increasingly to sectioning, dissection, and observation of internal structures. They applied their new research techniques to an incredible variety of subjects, from the objects in the heavens studied by their most famous (and infamous) member Galileo Galilei--whom they supported at the most critical moments of his career--to the flora and fauna of Mexico, bees, fossils, and the reproduction of plants and fungi. But by demonstrating the inadequacy of surface structures for ordering the world, the Linceans unwittingly planted the seeds for the demise of their own favorite method--visual description-as a mode of scientific classification. Profusely illustrated and engagingly written, Eye of the Lynx uncovers a crucial episode in the development of visual representation and natural history. And perhaps as important, it offers readers a dazzling array of early modern drawings, from magnificently depicted birds and flowers to frogs in amber, monstrously misshapen citrus fruits, and more
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
509.45
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q127.I8
LC item number
F74 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The eye of the Lynx : Galileo, his friends, and the beginnings of modern natural history, David Freedberg
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 481-500) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn659561164
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 513 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226261485
Lccn
2002000361
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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.b36889064
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)659561164
  • acls0226261484

Library Locations

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