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Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museumby Richard Fortey
Synopses & Reviews
A fascinating tour. -The Seattle Times“Lifts the veil on the inner penetralia of the world's premiere natural historymuseum.-The New York Review of BooksAn idiosyncratic, endearing, and colorful journey through the towers, vaults, libraries, collections, offices, and cabinets that lie beyond the public galleries. -The Boston GlobeFortey. . . in his affectionate portrayal of the institution in which he spent his working life. . . sneaks us behind the scenes with all the glee of a small child seeing for the first time the museum's iconic Diplodocus skeleton . . .always authoritative. . . the beauty of the book is that - just like a museum - you can visit the different sections in any order you choose, lingering in the places that most take your fancy. . . and there is plenty of solid science to enjoy, elucidated with brilliant flair.-Sunday TimesFortey has a scientist's regard for fact but a poet's delight in wonder. This is a rare intoxicating insight into a hidden community intent on unlocking the universe's myriad secrets.-Metro"Engaging. . . .Fortey's writing is enough to make the behind-the-scenes work of the museum totally fascinating. . . . (his) delightful book, like the museum it describes, is both rambling and elegant."-Sunday TelegraphThis book is worthy of the place it tells us about, and that is a pretty lofty chunk of praise.-The TimesRichard Fortey's wonderful book . . . shows the unspectacular elements of the museum collection as the most interesting part of its work, while placing the well-known exhibits in a new and often comical light. . . with eccentricity flourishing unchecked among its staff Fortey has amassed a brilliant collection of anecdotes about their habits.-Daily TelegraphIn this loving survey of his life at the museum, Fortey. . . is never less than enthused by all the museum's collections.-Financial Times Compendious and entertaining. . . much of the narrative interest of the book is carried anecdotally, by wonderful stories. . . Fortey gives us a vivid virtual tour of the museum's hidden stores and retired displays. . . . it is a book filled with a passion for nature and pride in an institution that has done so much to compile its inventory. Fortey is a knowledgeable guide, with a keen eye and gentle humour."-Evening Standard
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Richard Fortey one of the world's most gifted natural scientists and acclaimed
A noted paleontologist and author of Trilobite! journeys behind the scenes of London's Natural History Museum to reveal the institution's hidden treasures and the people, research, and passions that created the museum, in a provocative study of the social history of the scientific accomplishments of the past two centuries. 40,000 first printing.
Richard Fortey was a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. His previous books include the critically acclaimed Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth, short-listed for the Rh
About the Author
Richard Fortey was a senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. His previous books include the critically acclaimed Life: An Unauthorized Biography, short-listed for the Rhône Poulenc Prize in 1998; Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution, short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001; and The Hidden Landscape, which won the Natural World Book of the Year in 1993. He was Collier Professor for the Public Understanding of Science in 2002 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
Behind the galleries — The naming of names — Old worlds — Animalia — Theatre of plants — Multum in parvo — Museum rocks — Noah's Ark in Kensington — House of the Muses.
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