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Modern Nature

in Modern Nature

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226610894
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226610924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226610924.003.0010
Modern Nature

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This chapter suggests what German story has to contribute to the broader histories of biology and of science more generally. The emergence of the biological perspective was a significant development in the history of modern biology. Karl Möbius' articulation of the living-community concept was crucial to the development of the biological perspective; Friedrich Junge's transformation of that community concept into a curricular program was integral to its spread across German society. Biological groups were an international phenomenon on the museum scene. Philipp Leopold Martin's passion for saving nature in Germany was matched by that of the leading American taxidermist William F. Hornaday. Career structures contributed to variations in the elements of natural history that in Germany made up the biological perspective. The biological perspective, with its commitments to understanding living nature in terms of functionalism, community, and place, dictated no single, unified definition of nature.

Keywords: nature; biology; Karl Möbius; Friedrich Junge; Philipp Leopold Martin; Germany; William F. Hornaday

Chapter.  5780 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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