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The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History (Hardback)
  • The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History (Hardback)
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The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History (Hardback)

(author), (translator)
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Hardback 324 Pages / Published: 06/01/2017
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How did Europeans three centuries apart respond to two mysterious beasts a living rhinoceros previously known only from ancient texts and a nameless monster's massive bones? Juan Pimentel shows that their reactions reflect deep cultural changes but also the enduring power of image and imagination to shape our understanding of the natural world.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674737129
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 140 x 210 x 30 mm


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[A] fascinating book...Pimentel rather brilliantly describes his book as a 'historical essay with a tentative and slightly provocative character' (for which praise must be shared with Peter Mason, for his excellent translation). And if that isn't a wonderfully tempting hook for the reader, then what is? The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium is part detective story reconstructing the scientific process, and part historical study of how people reacted to the hitherto unknown and unusual. The parallels drawn by Pimentel are beautifully constructed and drip from the page like honey: a section describing the sea voyages of the fossils mirroring the political and intellectual shifts of the periods is especially effective...He has adeptly and eloquently brought back to life not only these two much-marvelled-at beasts but the minds of the people who sought to explain them and the worlds in which they lived.--Simon Underdown"Times Higher Education" (02/09/2017)
A dazzlingly strange and resolutely readable dual biography...The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium becomes as much an interrogation of history and science as it is a chronicle of these two animals' stories.--Colin Dickey"Los Angeles Review of Books" (04/02/2017)

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