Classic Texts in the Sciences

Introduction to the Study of Natural History

Edited and Annotated by Christoph Irmscher

Authors: Agassiz, Louis

Editors: Irmscher, Christoph (Ed.)

  • Provides a scholarly and insightful analysis of the intentions and beliefs of Louis Agassiz
  • Discusses the implications of Louis Agassiz's papers on today's research
  • Includes facsimile of original print of Louis Agassiz's lectures
  • Over 100 black-and-white engravings illustrating plants and animalsExtensively commented and annotated by the Editor
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This book features Louis Agassiz’s seminal lecture course in which the Swiss-American scientist, a self-styled “American Humboldt,” summarized the state of zoological knowledge in his time. Though Darwin’s theory of evolution would soon dismantle his idealist science, Agassiz’s lectures are nonetheless modern in their insistence on the social and cultural importance of the scientific enterprise.

An extensive, well-illustrated introduction by Agassiz’s biographer, Christoph Irmscher, situates Agassiz’s lectures in the context of his life and nineteenth-century science, while also confronting the deeply problematic aspects of his legacy. Profusely annotated, this edition offers fascinating insights into the history of science and appeals to anyone with an interest in zoology and natural history.

“Christoph Irmscher provides a scholarly and insightful analysis of the intentions and beliefs of Louis Agassiz, a larger-than-life scientist of the mid-19th century and fierce opponent of Charles Darwin.  One of the foremost naturalists of his time, Agassiz’s encyclopedic knowledge and brash confidence sustained bold and often controversial theories, which contributed to extreme intellectual ferment at the dawn of contemporary evolutionary biology.”  James Hanken, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Harvard University, USA

About the authors

Christoph Irmscher is Director of the Wells Scholars Program, Co-President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Indiana University, Bloomington,  USA.

Author of 'Louis Agassiz, Creator of American Science' featured by the New York Times Book Review

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Introduction to the Study of Natural History
Book Subtitle
Edited and Annotated by Christoph Irmscher
Authors
Editors
  • Christoph Irmscher
Series Title
Classic Texts in the Sciences
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66081-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66081-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66079-0
Series ISSN
2365-9963
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 126
Number of Illustrations
74 illustrations in colour
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