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Pressed into Service: Specimens, Space, and Seeing in Botanical Practice

Edited by Anne Secord

in Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226487267
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226487298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0012
Pressed into Service: Specimens, Space, and Seeing in Botanical Practice

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This chapter examines the transference of botanical knowledge between the field and the cabinet in ways that centered upon texts as guides. It explains the production of scientific observation in the botanical world demanded that books should discipline visual habits and that the spaces of the book illustrate not just the products of observation, but also its processes. This chapter highlights the role of textual space in the honing of visual skills and clarifies some of the key mechanisms in the circulation of scientific expertise.

Keywords: botanical knowledge; texts; scientific observation; books; visual habits; textual space; visual skills; scientific expertise

Chapter.  10359 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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