First edition. - New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Book — xii, 297 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Introduction. Friendship, Science and Chilean Nature
1. The Making of a Naturalist
2. Chile and the Scientific Imagination
3. Making Friends in Chile
4. Darwin, Gay and the Utility of Chile
5. The Prussian Connection
6. A New Naturalist in Town
7. Expanding the Web
8. At the End of Their Days Epilogue: Reflections on the Life of a Fly Catcher.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Before genetics and the mapping of DNA, before ecology and global warming, adventurous and foolhardy souls were compelled into the wild because of their insatiable curiosity about the natural world. The work of these naturalists was intensely sociable: they explored together, dashed off irate letters to one another, haggled over specimens, commiserated over family tragedies, and traded favors of all kinds. And no one better exemplified this spirit of sociability than the European and Chilean scientists studying Chile in the nineteenth century. This lively and engaging history begins with a familiar pairing - Charles Darwin and Captain Robert Fitz-Roy aboard the Beagle - and goes on to trace the fortunes of colorful figures such as the happy-go-lucky Prussian adventurer Bernardo Philippi, who was murdered by indigenous people in the Strait of Magellan, and Claudio Gay, an amateur French botanist who became the father of the natural sciences in Chile. These Europeans taught Chileans a new way to see their own natural environment, inspiring a new generation of scientists in Chile and forging international networks that helped to shape the modern world. (source: Nielsen Book Data)