Dry Storeroom No. 1

by Richard A. Fortey | Science |
ISBN: 0307263622 Global Overview for this book
Registered by glade1 of McLeansville, North Carolina USA on 10/16/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Picked up from the used book store over the weekend. From Amazon:

Richard Fortey—one of the world’s most gifted natural scientists and acclaimed author of Life, Trilobite and Earth—describes this splendid new book as a museum of the mind. But it is, as well, a perfect behind-the-scenes guide to a legendary place. Within its pages, London’s Natural History Museum, a home of treasures—plants from the voyage of Captain Cook, barnacles to which Charles Darwin devoted years of study, hidden accursed jewels—pulses with life and miraculous surprises. In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Fortey acquaints the reader with the extraordinary people, meticulous research and driving passions that helped to create the timeless experiences of wonder that fill the museum. And with the museum’s hallways and collection rooms providing a dazzling framework, Fortey offers an often eye-opening social history of the scientific accomplishments of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Fortey’s scholarship dances with wit. Here is a book that is utterly entertaining from its first page to its last.

Journal Entry 2 by glade1 at McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Friday, June 4, 2021
This is a delightful look behind the scenes of the British Museum, and through its history. Lots of fun stories of people and the work they do or did. Often it seems esoteric but Fortey brings it back time and again to how everything is connected. Learning about nematodes can tell us about the ocean's health. Minerals give us glimpses into the very ancient history of the earth. Fortey is a talented writer who clearly loves science and museums and gives lots of reasons to support them.

Journal Entry 3 by glade1 at Cone Health Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina USA on Thursday, July 1, 2021

Released 6 mos ago (7/1/2021 UTC) at Cone Health Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina USA


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