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Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis
Chrysalis Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis
Author: Kim Todd
Today, an entomologist in a laboratory can gaze at a butterfly pupa with a microscope so powerful that the swirling cells on the pupa?s skin look like a galaxy. She can activate a single gene or knock it out. What she can?t do is discover how the insect behaves in its natural habitat?which means she doesn?t know what steps to take to preserve it...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780156032995
ISBN-10: 0156032996
Publication Date: 12/3/2007
Pages: 352
Edition: Reprint
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Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
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bookgoddessme avatar reviewed Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis on + 106 more book reviews
An enjoyable read on a historical figures in science theme, especially with powerful women at the center. Maria is truly an inspiration, and her absence from science education is a real tragedy. Maria's story is fascinating. The book is written in a textbook/novel format which I found irritating at times as the author flipped back and forth between weaving a story, and telling non-fictional anecdotes about what "may" have happened. Gorgeous illustrations, and a great story. Recommend reading along with Ship Fever, and Tulip Fever.
canadianeh avatar reviewed Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis on + 242 more book reviews
We have few personal records of Maria Sibylla Merian, except her art, which has survived for over 300 years. In the way of Jane Goodall, she was first to discover and illustrate how insects behave in their natural environment by actually leading her own solo expedition to Surinam when she was 52 - an activity uncommon in its time and outlandish for her sex. In her time some people still believed that some forms of life were self-generated in mud and rotting fruit because there was no widespread understanding of insect metamorphosis. This book includes prints and color plates that show her work. Read and celebrate the life of this outstanding woman.


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