Chrysalis : Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis (Paperback)

Author: Todd, Kim

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Traces the life and work of the pioneering seventeenth-century woman naturalist who defied period conventions throughout her career, discussing the scientific and political backdrop of her life, her unprecedented solo expedition to study insect metamorphosis in the New World, and her role in the establishment of a new branch of biology. Reprint. *Author: Todd, Kim *Subtitle: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis *Publication Date: 2007/12/03 *Number of Pages: 330 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75

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Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780156032995
SKU 204469991
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0156032996
Release Date 12/1/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.75T
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Editors Note Traces the life and work of the pioneering seventeenth-century woman naturalist who defied period conventions throughout her career, discussing the scientific and political backdrop of her life, her unprecedented solo expedition to study insect metamorphosis in the New World, and her role in the establishment of a new branch of biology. Reprint.
Editors Note 1 Today, an entomologist in a laboratory can gaze at a butterfly pupa with a microscope so powerful that the swirling cells on the pupa's skin look like a galaxy. She can activate a single gene or knock it out. What she can't do is discover how the insect behaves in its natural habitat-which means she doesn't know what steps to take to preserve it from extinction, nor how any particular gene may interact with the environment. Four hundred years ago, a fifty-year-old Dutch woman set sail on a solo scientific expedition to study insect metamorphosis. She could not have imagined the routine magic that scientists perform today-but her absolute insistence on studying insects in their natural habitats was so far ahead of its time that it is only now coming back into favor. Chrysalis restores Maria Sibylla Merian to her rightful place in the history of science, taking us from golden-age Amsterdam to the Surinam tropics to modern laboratories where Merian's insights fuel new approaches to both ecology and genetics.
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