Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads
The Culture of Natural History Museums
By (author) Stephen T. Asma
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Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads by Stephen T. Asma
Book DescriptionThe natural history museum is a place where the line between "high" and "low" culture effectively vanishes-where our awe of nature, our taste for the bizarre, and our thirst for knowledge all blend happily together. But as Stephen Asma shows in Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads, there is more going on in these great institutions than just smart fun. Asma takes us on a wide-ranging tour of natural history museums in New York and Chicago, London and Paris, interviewing curators, scientists, and exhibit designers, and providing a wealth of fascinating observations. We learn how the first museums were little more than high-toned side shows, with such garish exhibits as the pickled head of Catherine the Great's lover. In contrast, today's museums are hot-beds of serious science, funding major research in such fields as anthropology and archaeology. "Rich in detail, lucid explanation, telling anecdotes, and fascinating characters...Asma has rendered a fascinating and credible account of how natural history museums are conceived and presented. It's the kind of book that will not only engage a wide and diverse readership, but it should, best of all, send them flocking to see how we look at nature and ourselves in those fabulous legacies of the curiosity cabinet."-The Boston Herald.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195163360
(234mm x 154mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen T. Asma
Against Fairness, Hardback (December 2012)
Born out of democracy and raised in open markets, fairness has become our de facto modern creed. In our zealous pursuit of fairness, we have banished our urges to like one person more than another, one thing over another, hiding them away as dirty secrets of our humanity. In this book, the author drags them triumphantly back into the light.
On Monsters, Paperback (October 2011)
"A comprehensive modern-day bestiary."-The New Yorker
Why I am a Buddhist, Paperback (June 2011)
Profound and amusing, this book provides a viable approach to answering the perennial questions, Who am I? Why am I here? How can I live a meaningful life?
Gods Drink Whiskey, Paperback (May 2006)» View all books by Stephen T. Asma
A funny, thoughtful, action-packed spiritual travelogue through Southeast Asia where the oldest form of Buddhism is slowly emerging from its post-Khmer Rouge oppression.
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Author Biography - Stephen T. Asma
Stephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Humanities at Columbia College, in Chicago. He has written articles on a broad range of topics that bridge the humanities and sciences, including pieces in Chronicle of Higher Education and The Humanist, and he is a regular contributor to Skeptic Magazine. The author of the bestselling Buddha for Beginners, he lives in Chicago.
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