Naturalists at Sea: Scientific Travellers from Dampier to Darwin

  • Title: Naturalists at Sea: Scientific Travellers from Dampier to Darwin
  • Author: Glyn Williams
  • ISBN: 9780300180732
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Naturalists at Sea Scientific Travellers from Dampier to Darwin On the great Pacific discovery expeditions of the long eighteenth century naturalists for the first time were commonly found aboard ships sailing forth from European ports Lured by intoxicating oppor
    On the great Pacific discovery expeditions of the long eighteenth century, naturalists for the first time were commonly found aboard ships sailing forth from European ports Lured by intoxicating opportunities to discover exotic and perhaps lucrative flora and fauna unknown at home, these men set out eagerly to collect and catalogue, study and document an uncharted naturOn the great Pacific discovery expeditions of the long eighteenth century, naturalists for the first time were commonly found aboard ships sailing forth from European ports Lured by intoxicating opportunities to discover exotic and perhaps lucrative flora and fauna unknown at home, these men set out eagerly to collect and catalogue, study and document an uncharted natural world This enthralling book is the first to describe the adventures and misadventures, discoveries and dangers of this devoted and sometimes eccentric band of explorer scholars Their individual experiences are uniquely their own, but together their stories offer a new perspective on the extraordinary era of Pacific exploration and the achievements of an audacious generation of naturalists Historian Glyn Williams illuminates the naturalist s lot aboard ship, where danger alternated with boredom and quarrels with the ship s commander were the norm Nor did the naturalist s difficulties end upon returning home, where recognition for years of work often proved elusive Peopled with wonderful characters and major figures of Enlightenment science among them Louis Antoine de Bouganville, Joseph Banks, John Reinhold Forster, Captain Cook, and Charles Darwin this book is a gripping account of a small group of scientific travelers whose voyages of discovery were to change perceptions of the natural world.

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    About Glyn Williams


    1. Professor Glyn Williams is a distinguished naval historian and professor emeritus at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London He has been president of the Hakluyt Society and general editor of the records of the Hudson s Bay Company, and has published several volumes on the relationship between the HBC and the exploration of the Canadian Arctic and the Subarctic.He lives in West Malling, Kent.Also publishes under the name Glyndwyr Williams.


    774 Comments


    1. Exhaustive, overly so, of how naturalists took advantage of how European navies repurposed themselves to scientific research in the wake of the Napoleonic War. Heavy slogging but the chapter on Darwin is well worth reading.

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    2. The voyages of exploration under Captain James Cook and Captain Robert Fitzroy, in which naturalists such as Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander, the Forsters and Charles Darwin added so much to western knowledge of life on our planet, are well known in the English-speaking world. This book extends our awareness to include important voyages of discovery from France, Spain, Russia and Holland in which natural history research formed part of the objective.Professor Glyn Williams is well qualified to wri [...]

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    3. I more or less picked this book from the library shelf based on the cover synopsis on the inside cover and the artwork on the cover itself. Very good.

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    4. Slow reading, but interesting. The chapter on Darwin is particularly good.

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