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by Mark Sloan,Nancy Pick

eBook The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History epub
  • ISBN: 0060537183
  • Author: Mark Sloan,Nancy Pick
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Americas
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper (November 1, 2004)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • ePUB size: 1182 kb
  • FB2 size 1347 kb
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Rather like a natural history museum, this book contains arresting visuals and intriguing facts but has a vaguely musty .

Rather like a natural history museum, this book contains arresting visuals and intriguing facts but has a vaguely musty air about it. Pick, a staff writer for the Harvard Museum of Natural History, traces the growth of the institution and the accretion of its millions of animal, vegetable, fossil and mineral specimens, asserting the continuing relevance of collecting and studying whole organisms in this age of molecular biology. A sampling from the 20 million specimens closeted at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the several dozen plants, animals, and minerals presented here were selected for their connections to interesting tales.

Start by marking The Rarest of the Rare: Stories . I perhaps will never get to visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

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Museum enthusiasts and natural history buffs alike will find the museum stories in The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History are enhanced with nearly a hundred color photos by Mark Sloan as images accompany.

Museum enthusiasts and natural history buffs alike will find the museum stories in The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History are enhanced with nearly a hundred color photos by Mark Sloan as images accompany descriptions for some of the unusual specimens housed at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, with Nancy Pick explaining the. special importance of each. The Rarest Of The Rare is more than a mere listing or summary outline of specimens as author Nancy Pick reveals just how the item was collected and where, as well as noting the diverse.

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Sloan's assemblage photographs illustrate the Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, with writer Nancy Pick and a foreword by . Wired (magazine) featured Sloan's work in conjunction with an exhibit at National Academy of Sciences in Washington, .

The vast collections of animals, minerals, and plants at the Harvard Museum of Natural History are among the oldest in. .

The vast collections of animals, minerals, and plants at the Harvard Museum of Natural History are among the oldest in the country, dating back to the 1700s. The Rarest of the Rare tells the fascinating stories behind the extinct butterflies, rare birds, lost plants, dazzling meteorites, and other scientific and historic specimens that fill the museum's halls.

NPR coverage of The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind . Natural History at Harvard. In nature's infinite book of secrecy, A little I can read.

NPR coverage of The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History by Edward O. Wilson, Nancy Pick, and Mark Sloan. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. - William Shakespeare. For anyone drawn to nature's infinite book, Harvard's natural history collections make excellent reading. The collections comprise some 21 million specimens - animal, vegetable, and mineral - from every imaginable part of the earth. Scientists devote lifetimes to their study, deciphering the secrets of species.

Nancy Pick, Mark Sloan, Edward O. Wilson. In the words of Edward O. Wilson, the museum stands as both "cabinet of wonder and temple of science.

The vivid photography of Mark Sloan brings out the detail of all the specimens described.

The museum has examples of the Tasmanian Tiger, a near-complete skeleton of a Dodo bird and many other sadly extinct species. The vivid photography of Mark Sloan brings out the detail of all the specimens described.

Shares the discovery stories of some of Harvard University's rarest natural history specimens, recounting the origins of such items as Nabokov's butterflies, George Washington's pheasants, a sand dollar collected by Darwin during his Beagle voyage, and the only stuffed bird remaining from the Lewis and Clark expedition. 25,000 first printing.
Comments: (7)
Bundis
As a student at Harvard, I visited the museums on Oxford St. many times. I was always fascinated by the rare, often one-of-a-kind, items on display. So when I saw an advertisement for this book, I had to have it. As I will explain below, I was very disappointed in the book.

I would classify the writing as poor. The author's selection of material and writing style is boring. The material in the first chapter, Natural History at Harvard, is repeated almost verbatim in the following chapters.

At places sentences are repeated, for example, what appears at the bottom of one column also appears at the top of the next column. There are also places where text appears to be missing. The author describes items in photographs that cannot be seen because the items are too small or poorly lit. In some photographs, a specimen will be shown in front of a drawing and both described. However, the drawing is out-of-focus and can't be clearly seen. One has to ask, where was the editor when the book was being prepared?

At points, the science is wrong or questionable, for example, the author says the sky appears blue "because blue light bounces off the tiny impurities in the atmosphere." The daytime sky is blue because the blue light in the spectrum for the sun is preferentially scattered from the molecules that are the atmosphere (mainly oxygen and nitrogen molecules). The impurities generally have nothing to do with it.

In summary -- this book is a lost opportunity to make some of the unique items in the Harvard museums available to a wider audience.
Geny
I've wandered through that musuem and been impressed, but this book brings my appreciation and awe to an entirely new level. I don't know whether to make a return visit or just reread the book whenever I need to be reminded of that treasure house in Cambridge. Nancy Pick's text is like a curator tour of the collection highlights; the best tour you could imagine.
The Sphinx of Driz
This museum is one of the most amazing places I've ever been! Get on a plane and go, then at you next dinner party talk about your time at Harvard, impress people. BOOM.
Vudomuro
Great book. We actually use this book as a reference in our museum.
Bulace
I had looked forward to getting this book for a while and have enjoyed it very much. This would make a nice gift book for a museum or natural history lover. It makes a lovely coffe table book as well but not just for looks but for reading.
Syleazahad
One of the most interesting books to own, makes a great gift for the person that is hard to buy for.
Stick
The idea behind this book was great: pick some of the more interesting specimens out of the thousands held at the Harvard Museum of Natural History & write the story behind each. Alas, the outcome is boring & unimaginative. Most accounts are simplistic & unsophisticated. Moreover, the photos of many specimens were taken on distracting backgrounds such as human hands, maps, notebooks, etc. I am glad I bought a cheap secondhand copy.
In an age increasingly dominated by TV and the Internet, it's great to find

a book that both captures your imagination and caters to people with a short

attention span!!! The Rarest is a series of fascinating stories wrapped

around artifacts from the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The coolest

thing about this book is that each story is self-contained. Just open the

book to a random page and get the skinny on "The Last Wolf Nose." Flip to

another section and learn about "The Mastadon Murder." If you have kids who

like to learn about nature, these little vignettes are perfect educational

bedtime stories. Photos are beautiful.
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