The Resource Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree : The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order, J. David. Archibald

Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree : The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order, J. David. Archibald

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Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree : The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order
Title
Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree
Title remainder
The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order
Statement of responsibility
J. David. Archibald
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Leading paleontologist J. David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on humans' perception of their place in nature, offering uncommon insight into how we went from standing on the top rung of the biological ladder to embodying just one tiny twig on the tree of life. He begins with the ancient but still misguided use of ladders to show biological order, moving then to the use of trees to represent seasonal life cycles and genealogies by the Romans. The early Christian Church then appropriated trees to represent biblical genealogies. The late eighteenth century saw the tree reclaimed to visualize relationships in the natural world, sometimes with a creationist view, but in other instances suggesting evolution. Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) exorcised the exclusively creationist view of the "tree of life," and his ideas sparked an explosion of trees, mostly by younger acolytes in Europe. Although Darwin's influence waned in the early twentieth century, by midcentury his ideas held sway once again in time for another and even greater explosion of tree building, generated by the development of new theories on how to assemble trees, the birth of powerful computing, and the emergence of molecular technology. Throughout Archibald's far-reaching study, and with the use of many figures, the evolution of "tree of life" iconography becomes entwined with our changing perception of the world and ourselves
Biographical or historical data
J. David Archibald is professor emeritus of biology at San Diego State University as well as curator of mammals in the SDSU Vertebrate Collections. He has written or coedited more than 150 articles and 6 books, including The Rise of Placental Mammals: Origins and Relationships of the Major Extant Clades and Extinction and Radiation: How the Fall of Dinosaurs Led to the Rise of Mammals.
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Archibald, J. David
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other
LC call number
  • QH315
  • QH315 .A723 2014
LC item number
.A723 2014
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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De Gruyter
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  • Biology
  • Human evolution
  • Imagery (Psychology)
  • Metaphor
  • Nature
  • Science
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Biowissenschaften, Biologie
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Imagery (Psychology)
  • Metaphor
  • Natural Sciences
  • Science
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specialized
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Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree : The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order, J. David. Archibald
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter Five. The Gilded Age of Evolutionary Trees
  • Chapter Six. The Waning and Waxing of Darwinian Trees
  • Chapter Seven. Three Revolutions in Tree Building
  • Chapter Eight. The Paragon of Animals
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter One. Blaming Aristotle
  • Chapter Two. The Roots of the Tree of Life
  • Chapter Three. Competing Visual Metaphors
  • Chapter Four. Deciphering Darwin’s Trees
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource(256 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231537667
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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10.7312/arch16412
Other physical details
illustrations.
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not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)458228
  • (OCoLC)979751816
  • (DE-B1597)9780231537667
Label
Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree : The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order, J. David. Archibald
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter Five. The Gilded Age of Evolutionary Trees
  • Chapter Six. The Waning and Waxing of Darwinian Trees
  • Chapter Seven. Three Revolutions in Tree Building
  • Chapter Eight. The Paragon of Animals
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter One. Blaming Aristotle
  • Chapter Two. The Roots of the Tree of Life
  • Chapter Three. Competing Visual Metaphors
  • Chapter Four. Deciphering Darwin’s Trees
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource(256 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231537667
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.7312/arch16412
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)458228
  • (OCoLC)979751816
  • (DE-B1597)9780231537667

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