Footsteps in the Jungle

Footsteps in the Jungle

Adventures in the Scientific Exploration of the American Tropics

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the lives of Alexander von Humboldt and twelve other naturalist-explorers who were the first outsiders to discover the natural wonders of the region, leading to a revolution in science

Book News
Recounts the adventures and discoveries of the 13 scientists and explorers who first mapped the tropical regions of the Americas, with chronological chapters on each explorer and the scientific and intellectual contexts of their times. Includes a few b&w photos and illustrations. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
In Footsteps in the Jungle, Jonathan Maslow recounts the exploits of thirteen of these scientists whom he calls "the luckiest men and women of all time" - the explorers who first mapped the tropical regions of the Americas and discovered the biological orgy that is nature in the tropics. They were the first to color the chorus of tropical birds; the first to know the swiftness of the jaguar; the first to learn the loves of the orchid family and to collect the daunting variety of moths and butterflies and beetles; the first to record the haunting settings of the equatorial sun; the first to run the rivers Amazon, to climb the Andes, and to dive the coral reefs of the Caribbean.
Footsteps in the Jungle not only traces geographic adventures but is also a scientific and intellectual journey, from the myths of mermaids and superstitions about cannibals to Alexander von Humboldt's insights into biodiversity, Darwin's theory of natural selection, and our contemporary understanding of tropical ecology. Following in the footsteps of the great tropical explorer, it introduces a body of scientific literature with extraordinary literary value, and returns the reader back home with a new appreciation of present-day struggles to preserve tropical jungles and reefs from widespread destruction.

Natl Book Network
Adventures in the scientific exploration of the American tropics, related by the prize-winning naturalist writer. Maslow recounts the exploits of thirteen pioneers—“inspired characters in mythopoetic settings. Call them Indiana Einsteins, and call us fortunate to have Maslow to tell their stories.”—Kirkus Reviews.

Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 1996
ISBN: 9781566631372
Characteristics: 308 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm


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