Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Book — 1 online resource (xv, 302 pages) : illustrations
Flesh-eating Beetles and the Secret Art of Taxidermy
Peter the Great's Mysterious Fars: How to Pickle a Human Head and Other Great Achievements of the Scientific Revolution
Taxonomic Intoxication, Part I: Visualizing the Invisible
Taxonomic Intoxication, Part II: In Search of the Engine Room
Exhibiting Evolution: Diversity, Order, and the Construction of Nature
Evolution and the Roulette Wheel: A Chance Cosmos Rattles Some Bones
Drama in Diorama: The Confederation of Art and Science.
This volume traces the cultural history of natural history museums from their origins in the 18th century through the present day, by tracing the changing attitudes and philosophies that influence the public displays of major natural history museums. The author includes anecdotes and stories, showing the development over time from displays of individual collectors' curios and occasionally gruesome oddities, to the more politically sensitive and intellectually ambitious exercises in public education that constitute the modern day permanent exhibitions at museums. The dichotomy between the front window, exhibit portion of natural history museums, and the backstage areas where scientific work goes forward, and the dual roles and missions served by this cultural institution, are all portrayed. (source: Nielsen Book Data)