Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads

Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads : The Culture of Natural History Museums

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This volume traces the cultural history of natural history museums from their origins in the 18th century through the present day, by tracing the changing attitudes and philosophies that influence the public displays of major natural history museums. The author includes anecdotes and stories, showing the development over time from displays of individual collectors' curios and occasionally gruesome oddities, to the more politically sensitive and intellectually ambitious exercises in public education that constitute the modern day permanent exhibitions at museums. The dichotomy between the front window, exhibit portion of natural history museums, and the backstage areas where scientific work goes forward, and the dual roles and missions served by this cultural institution, are all more

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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 160.02 x 241.3 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous haltones
  • 0195130502
  • 9780195130508

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"After reading this book museum-goers will not be able to look at exhibits in the same way again", avows the author. He could be right New Scientist As full of curious facts and mental treats as any museum display, this fascinating book shows there is more behind the museum facade than a few busy biologists New Scientistshow more

About Stephen T. Asma

Stephen T. Asma is Professor of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Humanities at Columbia College, in Chicago. He has written articles on a broad range of topics that bridge the humanities and sciences, including pieces in Chronicle of Higher Education and The Humanist, and he is a regular contributor to Skeptic Magazine. The author of the bestselling Buddha for Beginners, he lives in more

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