Aristotles Ladder, Darwins Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order J David Archibald

ISBN: 9780231164122

Published: August 19th 2014

Hardcover

242 pages


Description

Aristotles Ladder, Darwins Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order  by  J David Archibald

Aristotles Ladder, Darwins Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order by J David Archibald
August 19th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 242 pages | ISBN: 9780231164122 | 8.28 Mb

Leading paleontologist J. David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on humans perception of their place in nature, offering uncommon insight into how weMoreLeading paleontologist J. David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on humans perception of their place in nature, offering uncommon insight into how we went from standing on the top rung of the biological ladder to embodying just one tiny twig on the tree of life.

He begins with the ancient but still misguided use of ladders to show biological order, moving then to the use of trees to represent seasonal life cycles and genealogies by the Romans. The early Christian Church then appropriated trees to represent biblical genealogies. The late eighteenth century saw the tree reclaimed to visualize relationships in the natural world, sometimes with a creationist view, but in other instances suggesting evolution.

Charles Darwins On the Origin of Species (1859) exorcised the exclusively creationist view of the tree of life, and his ideas sparked an explosion of trees, mostly by younger acolytes in Europe.Although Darwins influence waned in the early twentieth century, by midcentury his ideas held sway once again in time for another and even greater explosion of tree building, generated by the development of new theories on how to assemble trees, the birth of powerful computing, and the emergence of molecular technology.

Throughout Archibalds far-reaching study, and with the use of many figures, the evolution of tree of life iconography becomes entwined with our changing perception of the world and ourselves.



Enter the sum





Related Archive Books



Related Books


Comments

Comments for "Aristotles Ladder, Darwins Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order":


ua-news.eu

©2011-2015 | DMCA | Contact us