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History of Science Paper on Fossil Reptiles
Michael Barton writes:
> 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?
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
)_v__/\ "Don't you practise your alliteration on me!" -- Monty Python.