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The Platypus and the Mermaid: And Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination

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By: Harriet Ritvo

288 pages, Illus

Harvard University Press

Hardback | Dec 1997 | #68226 | ISBN: 0674673573
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About this book

A thoroughly absorbing account of taxonomy - as zoological classification and as anthropological study - this book offers a new perspective on the constantly shifting, ever suggestive interactions of scientific lore, cultural ideas, and the popular imagination.


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