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The Sociable Sciences: Darwin and His Contemporaries in Chile (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology)

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Before genetics and the mapping of DNA, before ecology and global warming, adventurous and foolhardy souls were compelled into the wild because of their insatiable curiosity about the natural world. The work of these naturalists was intensely sociable: they explored together, dashed off irate letters to colleagues, haggled over specimens, commiserated over family tragedies, and extracted favors from one another. And no one better exemplified this than the European scientists who were drawn to Chile in the nineteenth century. This beautifully written history begins with a familiar pairing - Charles Darwin and Captain Robert Fitz-Roy aboard the Beagle - and goes on to trace the fortunes of colorful figures such as the happy-go-lucky Prussian adventurer Bernardo Philippi, who was murdered by indigenous people in the Strait of Magellan, and Claudio Gay, an amateur French botanist who became the father of the natural sciences in Chile. These Europeans taught Chileans a new way to see their own natural environment, teaching a younger generation of scientists there and forging international networks that helped to shape the modern world.

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Before genetics and the mapping of DNA, before ecology and global warming, adventurous and foolhardy souls were compelled into the wild because of their insatiable curiosity about the natural world. The work of these naturalists was intensely sociable: they explored together, dashed off irate letters to colleagues, haggled over specimens, commiserated over family tragedies, and extracted favors from one another. And no one better exemplified this than the European scientists who were drawn to Chile in the nineteenth century. This beautifully written history begins with a familiar pairing - Charles Darwin and Captain Robert Fitz-Roy aboard the Beagle - and goes on to trace the fortunes of colorful figures such as the happy-go-lucky Prussian adventurer Bernardo Philippi, who was murdered by indigenous people in the Strait of Magellan, and Claudio Gay, an amateur French botanist who became the father of the natural sciences in Chile. These Europeans taught Chileans a new way to see their own natural environment, teaching a younger generation of scientists there and forging international networks that helped to shape the modern world.

About the Author

Patience A. Schell Chair of Hispanic Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. She is the author of Church and State Education in Revolutionary Mexico City (2003), and co-editor of The Women's Revolution in Mexico: 1910-1953 (2007) and New Approaches to Resistance in Brazil and Mexico (2012).

Table of Contents

Friendship, Science and Chilean Nature

The Making of a Naturalist

Chile and the Scientific Imagination

Making Friends in Chile

Darwin, Gay and the Utility of Chile

The Prussian Connection

A New Naturalist in Town

Expanding the Web

At the End of Their Days

Epilogue: Reflections on the Life of a Fly Catcher

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137286055
Author:
Schell, Patience A.
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
World History-European History General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w illustrations
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General

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Before genetics and the mapping of DNA, before ecology and global warming, adventurous and foolhardy souls were compelled into the wild because of their insatiable curiosity about the natural world. The work of these naturalists was intensely sociable: they explored together, dashed off irate letters to colleagues, haggled over specimens, commiserated over family tragedies, and extracted favors from one another. And no one better exemplified this than the European scientists who were drawn to Chile in the nineteenth century. This beautifully written history begins with a familiar pairing - Charles Darwin and Captain Robert Fitz-Roy aboard the Beagle - and goes on to trace the fortunes of colorful figures such as the happy-go-lucky Prussian adventurer Bernardo Philippi, who was murdered by indigenous people in the Strait of Magellan, and Claudio Gay, an amateur French botanist who became the father of the natural sciences in Chile. These Europeans taught Chileans a new way to see their own natural environment, teaching a younger generation of scientists there and forging international networks that helped to shape the modern world.
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