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by Patricia Tyson Stroud,Rosamond Purcell,Robert McCracken Peck

Winner of the 2012 Literary Award from The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia stands today as the oldest natural history museum in the Western hemisphere. Early expeditions organized at the Academy were of central importance to the exploration of America's western wilderness, and the plant and animal specimens that were brought back formed the foundation of a collection that today contains some eighteen million items. What began as a small gathering of devoted amateurs has grown into a vibrant international center for scientific education and research.

A Glorious Enterprise, the first complete history of the Academy, tells the story of the brilliant and passionate men and women who endeavored to acquire and disseminate knowledge of the natural world. Thomas Jefferson, John James Audubon, Robert Peary, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond are just a few of the colorful Academy associates profiled in this lively narrative. Naturalist and historian Robert McCracken Peck and historical biographer Patricia Tyson Stroud take readers behind the scenes of the Academy, recounting the signal moments and achievements that shaped its first two hundred years—from its landmark discoveries in North America and around the world, through the construction of its famed dioramas in the 1930s, to the pioneering work of Academy scientists in water pollution and conservation long before these were topics of popular concern. The book is richly illustrated throughout with hundreds of archival images and stunningly original works by acclaimed photographer Rosamond Purcell that cast specimens from the Academy's collections in a new light.

Like Academy members on a quest for wondrous specimens, lovers of the sciences, American history, museums, and libraries will want to add A Glorious Enterprise to their collections. Filled with lively anecdotes, captivating biographical details, and fascinating facts, this beautiful and enlightening history will be treasured for years to come.

Download A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science epub
ISBN: 0812243803
ISBN13: 978-0812243802
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Patricia Tyson Stroud,Rosamond Purcell,Robert McCracken Peck
Language: English
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (February 28, 2012)
Pages: 464 pages
ePUB size: 1421 kb
FB2 size: 1118 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 604
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This book is packed with useful information for anyone interested in the history of science, natural history, biology, ecology... Also for anyone interested in Philadelphia or American history, as the Academy's story begins in 1812. I think anyone with an interest in biology, museums, history and conservation will find new and relevant material here. The Academy has been quietly in the background playing a significant role in biology for a long time. For example the catalytic role Ruth Patrick played in the development of what we now call environmental sciences. Anyone who wonders what the value of museum collections is should be given a copy of this book. A lot goes on in the background and this book helps bring it to light.

The book is well written and engaging, but admittedly I already have an interest in the Academy. The photographs and illustrations are abundant and excellent and show a lot of effort and forethought. Combined with the text there is something of interest for any inquiring mind. This is not just an academic text for scholars, as one might expect from a university press.

Given the size and quality of the book and the number of excellent color images, the list price is a bargain.
This beautifully constructed non-fiction work tells the complete story of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia through some of the most stunning articles, photographs and paintings ever assembled. There is something new and fascinating to learn on every page. With stories about the founders, contributors (Lewis and Clark's collection is a stand out), and the millions of collected and contributed natural science pieces A Glorious Enterprise is sure to please everyone fortunate enough to open its cover. From start to finish this book is entertaining and educational and a "must have" for anyone even slightly interested in the natural sciences.
I’ve been wanting to purchase this book for years now! The Academy of Natural Sciences has an incredibly rich history and is a true gem for natural scientists. I could not afford to buy it at full retail price, so when I found this deal, I had to jump on it!
Mitars Riders
I expected more of a picture book showing the collections. It is a history of the development of the institution and the people who were involved. Still, a good read.
Gave it as a gift! It was well received !