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  • Here, for the first time in English, is Georges Cuvier's extraordinary "History of the Natural Sciences from hs Origin to the Present Day." Based on a series of public lectures presented by Cuvier from 1829 to 1832, this first of a Pive-volume series, translated from the original French and heavily annotated with commentary, is a detailed chronological survey of the natural sciences spanning more than three millennia.
    Lt is truly astonishing in its detail and scope. Cuvier was fluent in many languages, English, German, Spanish, and certainly Latin, in addition to French. He was therefore well prepared to investigate and interpret firsthand the scientific literature of Europe as a whole. The work is an affirmation of Cuvier's vase encyclopedic knowledge, his complete command of the scientific and historical literature, and his in-comparable memory.
    This history is remarkable also for providing in one place a large set of useful references to a vast ancient literature that is not easily found anywhere else. This huge body of in-formation provides us furthermore with unique insight into Cuvier's concept of the natural sciences, and to the vast breadth and progress of this human endeavor. With this work, Cuvier tilts an important gap in philosophical thought between the time of Cari Linnaeus and Charles Darwin.

  • «?L'histoire des sciences naturelles depuis leur origine jusqu'à nos jours?» est présentée ici pour la première fois en édition bilingue. Ce volume, amplement annoté et commenté, est le deuxième d'une série de cinq tomes regroupant les cours professés par Georges Cuvier de 1829 à 1832. Cette étude de grande envergure couvre de manière chronologique -l'histoire des sciences naturelles sur une période qui s'étend du début du xvie à la fin du xviie siècle. Le lecteur a ainsi accès à l'atelier historique de Georges Cuvier. Loin d'être une activité lui paraissant annexe au regard de ses travaux d'anatomiste, Cuvier y consacra un temps important, consultant de très nombreux ouvrages en de multiples langues (anglais, allemand, espagnol, latin, français). Elle lui conférait aussi une grande notoriété. Prononcées au Collège de France, ces leçons s'adressaient à un public large et consacraient son magistère sur les sciences naturelles de l'époque. Cuvier y présentait l'histoire des sciences comme une marche continue dont il scandait le développement. Il considérait les siècles ici étudiés comme une période de profonds changements. Louant la lutte contre les «?dogmatismes?» religieux, il en faisait le vecteur d'une nouvelle liberté de pensée et d'écrire. Reléguant l'étude des anciens, les sciences naturelles seraient ainsi entrées dans un nouvel âge, celui de l'observation et de la classification.

  • Here, for the first time in English, is Georges Cuvier's extraordinary «History of the Natural Sciences from Its Origin to the Present Day.» Based on a series of public lectures presented by Cuvier from 1829 to 1832, this third of a five-volume series, translated from the original French and heavily annotated with commentary, is a detailed chronological survey of the natural sciences spanning roughly fifty years, from the close of the seventeenth century to approximately 1750. It is truly astonishing in its detail and scope. Cuvier was fluent in many languages, English, German, Spanish, and certainly Latin, in addition to French. He was therefore well prepared to investigate and interpret firsthand the scientific literature of Europe as a whole. The work is an affirmation of Cuvier's vast encyclopedic knowledge, his complete command of the scientific and historical literature, and his incomparable memory. This history is remarkable also for providing in one place a large set of useful references to a vast ancient literature that is not easily found anywhere else. This huge body of information provides us furthermore with unique insight into Cuvier's concept of the natural sciences, and to the vast breadth and progress of this human endeavor. With this work, Cuvier fills an important gap in philosophical thought between the time of Carl Linnaeus and Charles Darwin.

    Theodore W. Pietsch is Professor Emeritus in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and Curator Emeritus of Fishes at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington. His primary interests are in ichthyology, focusing on the evolutionary history, functional morphology, and reproductive biology of marine fishes, but also in the history of ichthyology and the history of science in general. He is the author of more than a twenty books, including The Curious Death of Peter Artedi: A Mystery in the History of Science, Tropical Fishes of the East Indies, Oceanic Anglerfishes: Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep-Sea, and Charles Plumier (1646-1704) and His Drawings of French and Caribbean Fishes.

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