- Title Pages
- ONE . From Hunter-Gatherers to Kings of Kings
- TWO . A Wonderful Man
- THREE . The Spoils of an Empire
- FOUR . An Emperor and His Descendants
- FIVE . New Worlds
- SIX . Ray, Linnaeus, and the Ordering of the World
- SEVEN . Journeys Near and Far
- EIGHT . Before the Origin
- NINE . Forms Most Beautiful
- TEN . The Geography of Nature
- ELEVEN . Hearts of Light
- TWELVE . Spoils of Other Empires
- THIRTEEN . Breadfruit and Icebergs
- FOURTEEN . Naturalists in New England
- FOURTEEN . From Muir and Alexander to Leopold and Carson
- SIXTEEN . The Slow Death (and Resurrection) of Natural History
Adam’s Task, Job’s Challenge
- (p.1) Introduction
- Deep Things out of Darkness
John G. T. Anderson
- University of California Press
In which the basic argument is laid out: natural history is the set of stories that we tell to explain the diversity that we find in our encounter with the world. History is the set of stories of the people who lived in the “other countries” that we call the past. By studying both we can both learn a lot and have fun.
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