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Ghost Stories For Darwin

Author : Banu Subramaniam
ISBN : 9780252096594
Genre : Social Science
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In a stimulating interchange between feminist studies and biology, Banu Subramaniam explores how her dissertation on flower color variation in morning glories launched her on an intellectual odyssey that engaged the feminist studies of sciences in the experimental practices of science by tracing the central and critical idea of variation in biology. As she shows, the histories of eugenics and genetics and their impact on the metaphorical understandings of difference and diversity that permeate common understandings of differences among people exist in contexts that seem distant from the so-called objective hard sciences. Journeying into areas that range from the social history of plants to speculative fiction, Subramaniam uncovers key relationships between the life sciences, women's studies, evolutionary and invasive biology, and the history of ecology, and how ideas of diversity and difference emerged and persist in each field.

Darwin S Ghosts

Author : Rebecca Stott
ISBN : 9780679604136
Genre : Science
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK “[An] extraordinarily wide-ranging and engaging book [about] the men who shaped the work of Charles Darwin . . . a book that enriches our understanding of how the struggle to think new thoughts is shared across time and space and people.”—The Sunday Telegraph (London) Christmas, 1859. Just one month after the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin received an unsettling letter. He had expected criticism; in fact, letters were arriving daily, most expressing outrage and accusations of heresy. But this letter was different. It accused him of failing to acknowledge his predecessors, of taking credit for a theory that had already been discovered by others. Darwin realized that he had made an error in omitting from Origin of Species any mention of his intellectual forebears. Yet when he tried to trace all of the natural philosophers who had laid the groundwork for his theory, he found that history had already forgotten many of them. Darwin’s Ghosts tells the story of the collective discovery of evolution, from Aristotle, walking the shores of Lesbos with his pupils, to Al-Jahiz, an Arab writer in the first century, from Leonardo da Vinci, searching for fossils in the mine shafts of the Tuscan hills, to Denis Diderot in Paris, exploring the origins of species while under the surveillance of the secret police, and the brilliant naturalists of the Jardin de Plantes, finding evidence for evolutionary change in the natural history collections stolen during the Napoleonic wars. Evolution was not discovered single-handedly, Rebecca Stott argues, contrary to what has become standard lore, but is an idea that emerged over many centuries, advanced by daring individuals across the globe who had the imagination to speculate on nature’s extraordinary ways, and who had the courage to articulate such speculations at a time when to do so was often considered heresy. With each chapter focusing on an early evolutionary thinker, Darwin’s Ghosts is a fascinating account of a diverse group of individuals who, despite the very real dangers of challenging a system in which everything was presumed to have been created perfectly by God, felt compelled to understand where we came from. Ultimately, Stott demonstrates, ideas—including evolution itself—evolve just as animals and plants do, by intermingling, toppling weaker notions, and developing over stretches of time. Darwin’s Ghosts presents a groundbreaking new theory of an idea that has changed our very understanding of who we are. Praise for Darwin’s Ghosts “Absorbing . . . Stott captures the breathless excitement of an investigation on the cusp of the unknown. . . . A lively, original book.”—The New York Times Book Review “Stott’s research is broad and unerring; her book is wonderful. . . . An exhilarating romp through 2,000 years of fascinating scientific history.”—Nature “Stott brings Darwin himself to life. . . . [She] writes with a novelist’s flair. . . . Darwin and the ‘ghosts’ so richly described in Ms. Stott’s enjoyable book are the descendants of Aristotle and Bacon and the ancestors of today’s scientists.”—The Wall Street Journal “Riveting . . . Stott has done a wonderful job in showing just how many extraordinary people had speculated on where we came from before the great theorist dispelled all doubts.”—The Guardian (U.K.)

Critical Notes On Evolution

Author : William L. Fischer
ISBN : NYPL:33433044596587
Genre : Evolution
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The Literary Review

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105110570889
Genre : Arts
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Holy Science

Author : Banu Subramaniam
ISBN : 9780295745602
Genre : History
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In the early 2000s, as India was emerging as a global superpower, a key development project off the southern Indian coast was thwarted by intense opposition. The construction of a new shipping canal angered Hindu nationalists who sought to protect what they saw as the land bridge built by Hanuman and his monkey army in the Indian epic Ramayana. Environmentalists also protested against the canal, claiming that it severely threatened a fragile and globally important ecosystem. As the controversy grew, the religious and environmental arguments converged, reflecting the evolving relationship between science and religion that marks the hypernationalism of the contemporary Hindu right. Through this case study and others, Banu Subramaniam demonstrates the limitations of the "universality" of science, to reveal how science in postcolonial contexts is always locally inflected and modulated. Evoking the rich mythology of comingled worlds, where humans, animals, and gods transform each other and ancient history, Subramaniam demonstrates how Hindu nationalism sutures an ideal past to technologies of the present by making bold claims about the scientific basis of Vedic civilization and deploying this narrative to consolidate caste, patriarchal, and Hindu power. Moving beyond a critique of this emerging bionationalism, this book explores the generative possibility of myth and story, interweaving compelling new stories of fictionalized beings like the avatars of Hindu mythology into a rich analysis that animates alternative imaginaries and "other" worlds of possibilities.


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Publications Of The State Of Illinois

Author : Illinois. Office of Secretary of State
ISBN : OSU:32435087583357
Genre : Government publications
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The Bow Legged Ghost And Other Stories

Author : Leon Mead
ISBN : COLUMBIA:1002192500
Genre : American wit and humor
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A Guide To Western Ghost Towns

Author : Lambert Florin
ISBN : STANFORD:36105041567079
Genre : Extinct cities
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Modern Ghost Stories

Author : Emma May Buckingham
ISBN : NYPL:33433068179716
Genre : Ghost stories, American
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Real Ghost Stories

Author : William Thomas Stead
ISBN : STANFORD:36105046660101
Genre : Ghost stories
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The Last Touches And Other Stories

Author : Mrs. W. K. Clifford
ISBN : CORNELL:31924013464221
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Mla International Bibliography Of Books And Articles On The Modern Languages And Literatures

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ISBN : UOM:39015021464774
Genre : Languages, Modern
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Vols. for 1969- include ACTFL annual bibliography of books and articles on pedagogy in foreign languages 1969-

The International Monthly Magazine Of Literature Science And Art

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924077700023
Genre : Periodicals
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Charles Darwin

Author : E. Janet Browne
ISBN : UOM:39015056217139
Genre : Naturalists
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Traces the life of the great British scientist, describes his travels as a naturalist, and traces the development of his theories.

Charles Darwin The Power Of Place

Author : E. Janet Browne
ISBN : UOM:39015056283958
Genre : Naturalists
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The North Country Naturalist

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ISBN : NWU:35556030892442
Genre : Nature
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Catalogue Of The New York Free Circulating Library

Author : New York. Free Circulating Library. Jackson Square Branch
ISBN : MINN:31951002153564Z
Genre : Library catalogs
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Migrating Images

Author : Petra Stegmann
ISBN : STANFORD:36105122464741
Genre : Arts and globalization
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A Garden Of Bristlecones

Author : Michael P. Cohen
ISBN : MINN:31951D01625858D
Genre : Gardening
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An engaging, well-illustrated natural and cultural history of the oldest living organism--the bristlecone pine. Since Edmund Schulman discovered in 1958 that individual bristlecones live nearly 5,000 years, the trees have been investigated primarily for the elaborate record their rings contain. The trees have been ""read' closely, with major consequences for natural and human history. Historians have read local and global environmental change. Archaeologists have rewritten the history of civilization. Writers have transformed them into figures pertinent to the human dilemmas of time and eternity. A Garden of Bristlecones investigates professional and popular conceptions as a set of narratives drawn from the outside and inside of the trees. It reveals the premises of the investigators, the nature of their inquiry, and the extent of their knowledge, while also revealing the Great Basin bristlecone itself. Illustrations by Valerie Cohen.

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