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The Resource The feathery tribe : Robert Ridgway and the modern study of birds, Daniel Lewis

The feathery tribe : Robert Ridgway and the modern study of birds, Daniel Lewis

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The feathery tribe : Robert Ridgway and the modern study of birds
Title
The feathery tribe
Title remainder
Robert Ridgway and the modern study of birds
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Lewis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Amateurs and professionals studying birds at the end of the nineteenth century were a contentious, passionate group with goals that intersected, collided and occasionally merged in their writings and organizations. Driven by a desire to advance science, as well as by ego, pride, honor, insecurity, religion and other clashing sensibilities, they struggled to absorb the implications of evolution after Darwin. In the process, they dramatically reshaped the study of birds. Daniel Lewis here explores the professionalization of ornithology through one of its key figures: Robert Ridgway, the Smithsonian Institution's first curator of birds and one of North America's most important natural scientists. Exploring a world in which the uses of language, classification and accountability between amateurs and professionals played essential roles, Lewis offers a vivid introduction to Ridgway and shows how his work fundamentally influenced the direction of American and international ornithology. He explores the inner workings of the Smithsonian and the role of collectors working in the field and reveals previously unknown details of the ornithological journal The Auk and the untold story of the color dictionaries for which Ridgway is known"--Provided by publisher
  • "Long forgotten, the Smithsonian Institution's first curator of birds, Robert Ridgway, is one of America's most important scientists. This book centers itself around a biographical treatment of Ridgway, but even more important considers what it meant to be a professional and an amateur in biology in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, and shows how the field of ornithology was professionalized as evolutionary theory made its mark on the study of birds"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lewis, Daniel
Dewey number
  • 598.092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QL31.R47
LC item number
L49 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ridgway, Robert
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology
Label
The feathery tribe : Robert Ridgway and the modern study of birds, Daniel Lewis
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223100075143
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The making of a bird man -- The Smithsonian years -- To have or have not : America's first bird organizations -- Bird study collections -- Nomenclatural struggles, checklists, and codes -- Publications about birds -- Standardizing the colors of birds : Ridgeway's color dictionaries
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxi, 346 p.
Isbn
9780300175523
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011050618
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 759174340
  • (OCoLC)759174340
Label
The feathery tribe : Robert Ridgway and the modern study of birds, Daniel Lewis
Publication
Bar code
31223100075143
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The making of a bird man -- The Smithsonian years -- To have or have not : America's first bird organizations -- Bird study collections -- Nomenclatural struggles, checklists, and codes -- Publications about birds -- Standardizing the colors of birds : Ridgeway's color dictionaries
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxi, 346 p.
Isbn
9780300175523
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011050618
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 759174340
  • (OCoLC)759174340

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