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IntheEasternAegeanliesanislandofforestedhillsandolivegroves,withstreams,marshesandalagoonthatnearlycutsthelandintwo.Itwashere,overtwothousandyearsago,thatAristotlecametowork.Aristotlewasthegreatestphilosopherofalltime.AuthorofthePoetics,PoliticsandMetaphysics,hisworkloomsoverthehistoryofWesternthought.Buthewasalsoabiologist–thefirst.Aristotleexploredthemysteriesofthenaturalworld.Withthehelpoffishermen,huntersandfarmers,hecataloguedtheanimalsinhisworld,dissectedthem,observedtheirbehavioursandrecordedhowtheylived,fed,andbred.Inhisgreatzoologicaltreatise,Historiaanimalium,hedescribedthematinghabitsofherons,thesexualincontinenceofgirls,thestomachsofsnails,thesensitivityofsponges,theflippersofseals,thesoundsofcicadas,thedestructivenessofstarfish,thedumbnessofthedeaf,theflatulenceofelephantsandthestructureofthehumanheart.Andthen,inanotherdozenbooks,heexplaineditall.InTheLagoon,acclaimedbiologistArmandMarieLeroirecoversAristotle’sscience.HegoestoLesbostoseethecreaturesthatAristotlesaw,wherehesawthem,andexploresthePhilosopher’sdeepideasandinspiredguesses–aswellasthethingsthathegotwildlywrong.LeroishowshowAristotle’sscienceisdeeplyintertwinedwithhisphilosophicalsystemandhowmodernscienceevennowbearstheimprintofitsinventor.
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ISBN-13: 9781408836224
ISBN-10: 140883622X
Pagini: 512
Dimensiuni: 126 x 198 x 35 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Caracteristici

Mixestheappealofbooksabouttheclassicalworld,suchasStephenGreenblatt’sTheSwerve,thoseonnaturalandscientifichistory,includingTheNamingofNamesbyAnnaPavordandLisaJardine’sTheCuriousLifeofRobertHookeandnaturalhistorywritinglikethatofRobertMacfarlane

Notă biografică

ArmandMarieLeroiisProfessorofEvolutionaryDevelopmentalBiologyatImperialCollegeLondon.HestudiedinHalifax,Canada,andIrvine,CA,anddidpost-doctoralworkattheAlbertEinsteinCollegeofMedicine.Aswellasmanytechnicalpapers,heistheauthorofMutants:OntheForm,VarietyandErrorsoftheHumanBody(2003),whichhasbeentranslatedintoninelanguagesandwontheGuardianFirstBookAward.HelivesinLondon.

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Inelegant,stylishandoftenwittyprose,heprobesthenear-legendary,almostprimevallagoonwhichinspiredtheancientGreek’sHistoriaanimaliumandanimatesitanewwithhisownincisiveobservations...TheLagoonisaheroic,beautifulworkinitsownright,anenquiringodysseyintounknownnature,andtheknownworldwhichsciencehascreatedoutofit
LeroiclearlyadoresGreeceandheuseshisdetailedlocalknowledgetosplendideffect,evocativelyre-creatingtheexperiencesoftheperipateticphilosopher…LeroiisabsolutelyrighttosaythateventhosesectionsofAristotle’sworkwenolongerbelievetobecorrecthaveaffectedtheknowledgethatwehavetoday
Inthislush,epicandhugelyenjoyablebook,biologistArmandMarieLeroiexplorestheideathatitwasanotherancientGreekgiantwhoseshoulderswemayallstandupon…Leroiisabeautifulwriterandit’sbeentoolong,adecade,sincehislastoutstandingbook
Brilliant…Notjustacharismaticbook,butonethatplacesAristotleinafreshlyAegeancontext…Aboveall,Leroishows,sciencetodaytrawlsthroughreamsofdataforpatternsandexplanations,inpreciselyAristotle’smanner
LeroitakesusthroughAristotle’swork,findinghintsofmodernthinkingeverywhere…TheLagoonbubbleswithenthusiasmforitssubject,makinganabsolutelygrippingreadoutofwhatmighthaveseemedthemostunlikelymaterial
Compelling,sometimescontentious,andalwaysthought-provoking…ItcelebrateswhatismostadmirableintheAristoteliantradition:itsappreciationofwhatisactuallythere
HowAristotlenearlybeatDarwintoatheoryofevolution.Brilliant
IntheHistoryofAnimals“[Aristotle]speaksofthereproductionoflice,thematinghabitsofherons,thesexualincontinenceofgirls,thestomachsofsnails,thesensitivityofstarfish,thedumbnessofthedeaf,theflatulenceofelephantsandthestructureofthehumanheart:hisbookcontains130,000wordsand9,000empiricalclaims”.Leroi’sownuncompromisinginvestigationgivesusaflavourofhissubject’sindefatigableexplorations…LeroidoesnotupstageAristotle’sdescriptionswithmodernanatomicalillustrations,thoughhisattractivelyillustrateddiscussionsdrawonmuchscholarshipthathasbeenexpendedoneditingandinterpretingAristotle’sideasaboutnature…Leroi’sscholarshipisimpeccableandconsistentlygenerous…OnlyanexpertbiologistwithbroadculturalsympathiesandadeepfeelingforhistorycouldhavecreatedsuchacompellingreappraisalofAristotle’splaceinthehistoryofscience.What’sinaname,indeed;inmarshallingthefactsandideasthatsupportAristotle’sscientificcredentialsinexuberantdetail,Leroimustbeaccountedtheking