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The Perfumier and the Stinkhorn: Reflections on Natural Science and Romanticism

By: Richard Mabey

110 pages, B/w illus

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Hardback | Apr 2011 | #188110 | ISBN-13: 9781846684074
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About this book

This title contains inspiring meditations through the author's rich store of memories.

In these elegant, short essays, revered nature writer Richard Mabey, attempts to marry a Romantic's view of the natural world with that of the meticulous observations of the scientist. By Romanticism he refers to the view that nature isn't a machine to be dissected, but a community of which we, the observers, are inextricably part. And that our feelings about that community are a perfectly proper subject for reflection, because they shape our relationship with it.

Scientists eshew such a subjective response, wanting to witness the natural world exactly, whatever feelings subsequently follow. Our feelings are an extension of our senses and here Mabey explores each sensory response in what it means to interact with nature. From birdsong to poetry, from Petri-dish to microscope, this is a joyful union of meandering thoughts and intimate memories.


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Biography

Richard Mabey is Britain's foremost nature writer. He is the author of Flora Britannica, which won a British Book Award, and Birds Britannica. He has a regular column in BBC Wildlife magazine and has written extensively on nature for the national broadsheets.

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