Catching Nature in the Act

Réaumur and the Practice of Natural History in the Eighteenth Century


Author: Mary Terrall

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226088600

Category: Science

Page: 283

View: 1901

Natural history in the eighteenth century was many things to many people—diversion, obsession, medically or economically useful knowledge, spectacle, evidence for God’s providence and wisdom, or even the foundation of all natural knowledge. Because natural history was pursued by such a variety of people around the globe, with practitioners sharing neither methods nor training, it has been characterized as a science of straightforward description, devoted to amassing observations as the raw material for classification and thus fundamentally distinct from experimental physical science. In Catching Nature in the Act, Mary Terrall revises this picture, revealing how eighteenth-century natural historians incorporated various experimental techniques and strategies into their practice. 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.


Art and Industry


Author: Maureen Furniss

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0861969049

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 4731

Animation—Art and Industry is an introductory reader covering a broad range of animation studies topics, focusing on both American and international contexts. It provides information about key individuals in the fields of both independent and experimental animation, and introduces a variety of topics relevant to the critical study of media—censorship, representations of gender and race, and the relationship between popular culture and fine art. Essays span the silent era to the present, include new media such as web animation and gaming, and address animation made using a variety of techniques.

The Laws of Vermont, of a Publick and Permanent Nature

Coming Down To, and Including, the Year 1824. To which are Prefixed, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitutions of the United States and of Vermont


Author: Vermont

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: 756

View: 9885

A Dictionary of the English Language

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. To which are Prefixed, a History of the Language, and an English Grammar


Author: Samuel Johnson

Publisher: N.A


Category: English language

Page: N.A

View: 8784

The Evolution of National Water Regimes in Europe

Transitions in Water Rights and Water Policies


Author: Stefan Kuks,Ingrid Kissling-Näf

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402024832

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 370

View: 3818

All over the world countries struggle with water stress. Problems vary from water scarcity and a degrading water quality, to floods and a rising sea level due to climate change. The European Union adopted a Water Framework Directive to improve the sustainability of water management in its member states. Water management should be coordinated at the level of river basins as a whole. Interests of various user groups should be better represented. River basin visions should take into account the impact of all human activities on the status of the resource. Water legislation needs streamlining and more focus on its implementation. The European Union advocates regulating water prices by charging the costs of water services on the basis of full cost recovery and the polluter pays principle. This book examines the development of water management in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. It is based on the European research project EUWARENESS. The authors apply a theoretical framework for the analysis of institutional regimes, water governance and property rights. The evolution of national water resource regimes is described over a period of almost 200 years (1800-2000). The long-term perspective enables the reader to see the conditions under which regime transformation and paradigm change are made possible. The book also includes a critical analysis of policy making by the European Union, and a comparative review and analysis of regime development in the six countries involved. This book is followed by another volume published with Kluwer Academic Publishers on "Integrated Governance and Water Basin Management", edited by Hans Bressers and Stefan Kuks.

The Book of Nature:

Embracing a Condensed Survey of the Animal Kingdom as Well as Sketches of Vegetable Anatomy, Geology, Botany, Mineralogy, &c, &c


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Natural history

Page: 278

View: 1517

The Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. In which the Whole Circle of Human Learning is Explained, and the Difficulties Attending the Acquisition of Every Art, Whether Liberal Or Mechanical, are Removed, in the Most Easy and Familiar Manner ...


Author: Temple Henry Croker,Samuel Clark,Thomas Williams,John Coote (Londres),William Smith (Dublin),James Fletcher (Londres)

Publisher: N.A



Page: 592

View: 9617

Catching the Wind of the Spirit


Author: Sunder Krishnan

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 1600662927

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 4621

In Catching the Wind of the Spirit, Rev. Krishnan explores eight spiritual disciplines—the sails that we must hoist if we are to catch the wind of the Spirit: Worship, Scripture meditation, Study, Prayer, Confession, Fellowship, Service and Giving. "The Holy Spirit is much the same as the wind and the sailboat," says Rev. Sunder Krishnan. It is the Spirit of God who performs the vital work of transforming each of us into the image of our Savior and Lord. But in order to be effectively steered and directed by the Spirit, we must embrace the spiritual disciplines that will help us gradually and progressively be transformed into the image of Christ. Each chapter includes questions for individual or group study.