An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 272 pages; Description: xiv, 272 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-264) and index. Subjects: Biology --Classification --Life sciences --Science --History. Summary: Biologists and laypeople alike have repeatedly claimed victory over life. A thousand years ago we thought we knew almost everything; a hundred years ago, too. But even today, Rob Dunn argues, discoveries we can't yet imagine still await. In a series of vivid portraits of single-minded scientists, Dunn traces the history of human discovery, from the establishment of classification in the eighteenth century to today's attempts to find life in space. The narrative telescopes from a scientist's attempt to find one single thing (a rare ant-emulating beetle species) to another scientist's attempt to find everything in a small patch of jungle in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. With poetry and humor, Dunn reminds readers how tough and exhilarating it is to study the natural world, and why it matters.
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Descripción Smithsonian, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0061430307
Descripción Smithsonian, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110061430307
Descripción Smithsonian. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0061430307 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0019581