Dry Storeroom, Issue 1

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 19, 2008 - Science - 320 pages
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A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary people, meticulous research, and driving passions that make London’s Natural History Museum one of the world’s greatest institutions.

In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Richard Fortey takes his readers to a place where only a few privileged scientists, curators, and research specialists have been—the hallowed halls that hold the permanent collection of the Natural History Museum. Replete with fossils, jewels, rare plants, and exotic species, Fortey’s walk through offers an intimate view of many of the premiere scientific accomplishments of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Like looking into the mind of mankind and all the fascinating discoveries, ideas, and accomplishments that reside there, Fortey’s tour is utterly entertaining from first to last.


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Six-word review: Scientist reveals natural history's scholarly side. Extended review: Behind the vast galleries of exhibits at London's Natural History Museum, formerly part of the British Museum, is ... Read full review

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Wildly discursive, endlessly fascinating look behind the scenes of the Natural History museum in London. Fortey is a scientist's scientist, a naturalist's naturalist- he's compelled to explain some ... Read full review

Contents

Behind the Galleries
3
The Naming of Names
51
Old Worlds
73
Animalia
114
Theatre of Plants
154
Multum in parvo
185
Museum Rocks
220
Noahs Ark in Kcnsington
263
House of the Muses
292
Acknowledgements
315
Index
324
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About the author (2008)

Richard Fortey was a senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. His previous books include the critically acclaimed Life: An Unauthorized Biography, short-listed for the Rhône Poulenc Prize in 1998; Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution, short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001; and The Hidden Landscape, which won the Natural World Book of the Year in 1993. He was Collier Professor for the Public Understanding of Science in 2002 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.


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