Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Kim Todd

Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: September 2013
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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 from extinction, nor how any particular gene may interact with the environment. Four hundred years ago, a fifty-year-old Dutch woman set sail on a solo scientific expedition to study insect metamorphosis. She could not have imagined the routine magic that scientists perform today—but her absolute insistence on studying insects in their natural habitats was so far ahead of its time that it is only now coming back into favor. Chrysalis restores Maria Sibylla Merian to her rightful place in the history of science, taking us from golden-age Amsterdam to the Surinam tropics to modern laboratories where Merian’s insights fuel new approaches to both ecology and genetics.

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Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Kim Todd
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2013
ISBN: 9780547538099
EAN:  9780547538099
ePub (Adobe DRM)
List Price: $15.00 eBook price: $12.99
Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Kim Todd
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2013
ISBN: 9780547538099
EAN:  2370005145449
PDF (Adobe DRM)
List Price: $15.00 eBook price: $12.99