The Practical Naturalist

Author: DK Publishing

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0756673291

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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This book is designed to bring a few green shoots into what are quite dull, gray times. The natural world is on your doorstep whether you live in the heart of a concrete jungle, by the sea, on top of a mountain, or in a cottage in the woods. The Practical Naturalist is about giving you the wherewithal to explore that natural world. It will be inspirational, informative, and educational-it aims to inspire you to get out there and experience the wonders of the world around you, inform you by showing you what you can discover in each habitat and also give you tips on how to conserve it. Each section (habitat) will have three strands: 1 Informative section will tell you all you need to know about that particular habitat, bringing it to life in an evocative way. These spreads will also have boxes on the science and ecology of the habitat, and key practical aspects (such as how to read tide tables). The accompanying artwork style will retain that personal feel-not cold and clinical, but as if newly sketched (while still showing and telling you what you need to know). 2 Catalog section will show you what you'll see in that habitat-snapshots of groups of species belonging to a particular place to help you identify what you might see. For example, this section might show a collection of objects you'd find on a beach in New England. However, while it's specific, it's also generic, since you'd find similar things on any beach from Reykyavik to Rio. 3 The practical part: These are the elements that show you what to do in each habitat-a selection of projects that allow you to engage with the environment, without intruding. This section is specially photographed for the book, and might show a pond or sea water sample, a mask that allows you to view the underwater world, or a simple birdhouse for your backyard.

Manual of the Practical Naturalist

Or, Directions for Collecting, Preparing, and Preserving Subjects of Natural History

Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Franklin Classics

ISBN: 9780341702559

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Page: 214

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.


Interpreting Newton

Critical Essays

Author: Andrew Janiak,Eric Schliesser

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107376769

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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This collection of specially commissioned essays by leading scholars presents research on Isaac Newton and his main philosophical interlocutors and critics. The essays analyze Newton's relation to his contemporaries, especially Barrow, Descartes, Leibniz and Locke and discuss the ways in which a broad range of figures, including Hume, Maclaurin, Maupertuis and Kant, reacted to his thought. The wide range of topics discussed includes the laws of nature, the notion of force, the relation of mathematics to nature, Newton's argument for universal gravitation, his attitude toward philosophical empiricism, his use of 'fluxions', his approach toward measurement problems and his concept of absolute motion, together with new interpretations of Newton's matter theory. The volume concludes with an extended essay that analyzes the changes in physics wrought by Newton's Principia. A substantial introduction and bibliography provide essential reference guides.

The Practical Naturalist's Guide

Containing Instructions for Collecting, Preparing, and Preserving Zoological Specimens (Classic Reprint)

Author: James Boyd Davies

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9781391604794

Category: Science

Page: 106

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Excerpt from The Practical Naturalist's Guide: Containing Instructions for Collecting, Preparing, and Preserving Zoological Specimens The poor beetle that we tread upon, In corporeal sufferance, finds a pang as great As when a giant dies. On the contrary, it is a pretty well recognised fact, that the lower the development of the nervous system, the less intense is the creature's sense of pain. Yet it is well in all cases to lean to the side of mercy; to kill only where a decided object is in view, and then in the quickest manner. Unfortunately for science, many exquisitely beauti ful animals, particularly marine, either cannot be pre served at all, or become so changed In the hands of the manipulator, that form, colour, and substance are but mockeries of the living organism; and the only way of recording its very existence is to make a good drawing of it. A naturalist with a good eye to form and colour, and possessing the power to render these on paper, is so much more a naturalist than he who cannot use his pencil. To the collector who anticipates travelling in foreign countries, the importance of cultivating the arts of pencil-drawing and water-colour painting is too great to require argument to enforce it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Manual of the Practical Naturalist

Or Directions for Collecting, Preparing, and Preserving Subjects of Natural History (Classic Reprint)

Author: N.A

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780666398635

Category: Science

Page: 212

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Excerpt from Manual of the Practical Naturalist: Or Directions for Collecting, Preparing, and Preserving Subjects of Natural History The different branches of human knowledge advance by means of the reciprocal aid which they lend each other. No art but has afforded some discovery useful to the rest, and which they have applied to extend their own limits. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


Species

A History of the Idea

Author: John S. Wilkins

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520945077

Category: Science

Page: 320

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The complex idea of "species" has evolved over time, yet its meaning is far from resolved. This comprehensive work takes a fresh look at an idea central to the field of biology by tracing its history from antiquity to today. John S. Wilkins explores the essentialist view, a staple of logic from Plato and Aristotle through the Middle Ages to fairly recent times, and considers the idea of species in natural history—a concept often connected to reproduction. Tracing "generative conceptions" of species back through Darwin to Epicurus, Wilkins provides a new perspective on the relationship between philosophical and biological approaches to this concept. He also reviews the array of current definitions. Species is a benchmark exploration and clarification of a concept fundamental to the past, present, and future of the natural sciences.

The American Boys Handy Book

What to Do and how to Do it

Author: Daniel Carter Beard

Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

ISBN: 9780879234492

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 441

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An 1890 manual of pastimes which includes instructions for making kites, fishing poles, a blow gun, boats, and theatrical costumes, and for raising dogs, stuffing animals, stocking an aquarium, and camping.

The American Boy's Handy Book

Turn-of-the-Century Classic of Crafts and Activities

Author: Daniel Beard

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486318974

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 464

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Used by generations of Boy Scouts, this classic features scores of projects — from stocking aquariums and performing puppet shows to sculpting snowmen and making sleds. 254 black-and-white figures. 63 illustrations.





Transactions

Author: Linnean Society of London

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Botany

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Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy

Author: Rick Anthony Furtak,Jonathan Ellsworth,James D. Reid

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823239306

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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Although Henry David Thoreau's best-known book, Walden, is admired as a classic work of American literature, it has not yet been widely recognized as an important philosophical text. In fact, many academic philosophers would be reluctant to classify Thoreau as a philosopher at all. The purpose of this volume is to remedy this neglect, to explain Thoreau's philosophical significance, and to argue that we can still learn from his polemical conception of philosophy.Thoreau sought to establish philosophy as a way of life and to root our philosophical, conceptual affairs in more practical or existential concerns. His work provides us with a sustained meditation on the importance of leading our lives with integrity, avoiding what he calls "quiet desperation." The contributors to this volume approach Thoreau's writings from different angles. They explore his aesthetic views, his naturalism, his theory of self, his ethical principles, and his political stances. Most importantly, they show how Thoreau returns philosophy to its roots as the love of wisdom.

Modern Nature

The Rise of the Biological Perspective in Germany

Author: Lynn K. Nyhart

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226610926

Category: Science

Page: 440

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In Modern Nature,Lynn K. Nyhart traces the emergence of a “biological perspective” in late nineteenth-century Germany that emphasized the dynamic relationships among organisms, and between organisms and their environment. Examining this approach to nature in light of Germany’s fraught urbanization and industrialization, as well the opportunities presented by new and reforming institutions, she argues that rapid social change drew attention to the role of social relationships and physical environments in rendering a society—and nature—whole, functional, and healthy. This quintessentially modern view of nature, Nyhart shows, stood in stark contrast to the standard naturalist’s orientation toward classification. While this new biological perspective would eventually grow into the academic discipline of ecology, Modern Nature locates its roots outside the universities, in a vibrant realm of populist natural history inhabited by taxidermists and zookeepers, schoolteachers and museum reformers, amateur enthusiasts and nature protectionists. Probing the populist beginnings of animal ecology in Germany, Nyhart unites the history of popular natural history with that of elite science in a new way. In doing so, she brings to light a major orientation in late nineteenth-century biology that has long been eclipsed by Darwinism.