The Platypus and the Mermaid: And Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination

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This thoroughly absorbing book on taxonomy captures the fervor of the Victorian age for classifying and categorizing. As she depicts a complex of competing groups--naturalists and zoologists, farmers and showmen, butchers and artists--deploying rival schemes to impose order on nature, Harriet Ritvo offers a new perspective on the constantly shifting, ever suggestive interactions of scientific lore, cultural ideas, and popular imagination.

The Platypus and the Mermaid: And Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination 1998, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674673588

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The Platypus and the Mermaid: And Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination 1997, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674673571

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