Introduction to the Study of Natural History features Louis Agassiz's seminal lecture course in which the Swiss-American scientist, a self-styled "American Humboldt", summarized the state of zoological knowledge in his time. Though Darwin's theory of evolution would soon dismantle his idealist science, Agassiz's lectures are nonetheless modern in their insistence on the social and cultural importance of the scientific enterprise.
An extensive, well-illustrated introduction by Agassiz's biographer, Christoph Irmscher, situates Agassiz's lectures in the context of his life and nineteenth-century science, while also confronting the deeply problematic aspects of his legacy. Profusely annotated, this edition offers fascinating insights into the history of science and appeals to anyone with an interest in zoology and natural history.
- Louis Agassiz: Introduction to the Study of Natural History
- Commentary and Notes
Christoph Irmscher is Director of the Wells Scholars Program, Co-President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. Author of Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science featured by the New York Times Book Review.