A Continent of Curiosities
A Journey Through Australian Natural History
By (author) Danielle Clode
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Continent of Curiosities by Danielle Clode
Book DescriptionCollecting curiosities was a gentlemanly occupation for wealthy and educated 18th-century Europeans. Few creatures aroused more curiosity than those from Australia. But collections demand organisation, and classification itself reveals patterns to life that cannot be ignored. From a leisurely occupation, the science of biology was born. Cabinets de curiosites became national museums, with specimens from Australia playing an integral role in all kinds of biological debates. Australian museums now foster their own research and continue to provide major and sometimes unexpected perspectives to international scientific developments. Continent of Curiosities follows the thread of individual natural history stories through the scientists of one of Australia's oldest museums, Museum Victoria. Together, these stories weave a history of the development of biological science from an Australian perspective, with insights into the people and places that influence the way we see and understand the natural world around us.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521866200
(250mm x 192mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Danielle Clode
Killers in Eden, Paperback (June 2011)
For a century, the killer whales of Twofold Bay herded baleen whales towards the harpoons of local whalers, helping them hunt and sharing the rewards. It was a life of industry, adventure and a strange and rare partnership between whale and man. Danielle Clode explores how this relationship between whaler and killer whale developed.
In the Footsteps of Giants, Paperback (April 2009)
In the Footsteps of Giants, the second in the Museum Victoria Nature series, introduces the reader to the amazing world of Australian megafauna in the Pleistoceine era. Imagine an Australian landscape in which Diprotodon optatum roamed - this rhinoceros-sized diprotodon was probably the largest marsupial ever to exist.
Voyages to the South Seas, Paperback (April 2008)» View all books by Danielle Clode
Tracing the often-tragic voyages of Bougainville, Laperouse, D'Entrecasteaux, Baudin, Freycinet, d'Urville and others to Australia from 1768 to 1828, this book brings to life, the changing society that launched these endeavours and the scientific discoveries they made.
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Author Biography - Danielle Clode
Danielle Clode is science writer, zoologist and researcher. Since completing her doctorate at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, she has been based in the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne. Continents of Curiosities: A Journey through Natural History (Cambridge University Press, 2006), was inspired by the collections at Museum Victoria, where Danielle worked with curators as a scientific interpreter. She wrote Continents of Curiosities as the Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Fellow at the museum. Her first book, Killers in Eden (2001), investigated co-operative hunting between killer whales and whalers on the New South Wales south coast and was turned into an award winning ABC-TV documentary. She has also published a history of Victoria's Land Conservation Council, As If For a Thousand Years (2006). Voyages To The South Seas tells the story of French naturalists in Australia and won the 2007 Victorian Premier's Award for non fiction. Her latest book, Prehistoric Giants, is an accessible account of Australian megafauna. Danielle continues to combine her interest in scientific history with a diverse range of research, editing and teaching, and is currently writing a book on bushfires.
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