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History of Science Paper on Fossil Reptiles



Michael Barton writes:
 > ABSTRACT
 > Thomas Hawkins wrote two books about his extraordinary collection
 > of fossil reptiles: Memoirs of Ichthyosauri and Plesiosauri (1834)
 > and The Book of the Great Sea-Dragons (1840). When contemporary
 > readers explicitly labeled these books "eccentric," they were
 > making use of a new discourse that aimed to make sense of phenomena
 > that appeared to transgress the boundaries of an increasingly
 > ordered and structured world.

Is it just me, or does anyone else find they can't read the phrase
"transgress the boundaries" without thinking of Alan Sokal?

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