Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis

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Before Darwin, before Audubon, there was Merian. An artist turned naturalist, known for her botanical illustrations, she was born just sixteen years after Galileo proclaimed that the earth orbited the sun. But at the age of fifty she sailed from Europe to the New World on a solo scientific expedition to study insect metamorphosis--an unheard-of journey for any naturalist at that time, much less a woman. When she returned she produced a book that secured her reputation, only to have it savaged in the nineteenth century by scientists who disdained the work of "amateurs." This book takes us from golden-age Amsterdam to the Surinam tropics to modern laboratories where Merian's insights fuel a new branch of biology. Author Todd brings to life a seventeenth-century woman whose boldness and vision would still be exceptional today.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Orlando :, Harcourt,, [2007]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780156032995
Branch Call Number: 508.092 M561T
Characteristics: 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm


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Mar 08, 2019

I was vaguely aware of her pictures, but really enjoyed learning about the details of her life and the latest theories about metamorphism in butterflies.

PinkMagnolia Jan 04, 2014

I enjoyed this book very much. In fact, will read it again. The time period/era is of interest and the author has done women a great service by documenting part of the life of this very interesting woman. The subject matter "metamorphosis" was something that Maria Sibylla Merian had pioneered in recording with her beautiful realistic and detailed drawings.


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