Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order

Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order

Leading paleontologist David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on human beings’ perception of their place in nature. Specifically, Archibald focuses on ladders and trees, and the first appearance of trees to represent seasonal life cycles. Their use in ancient Roman decorations and genealogies was then appropriated by the early Christian Church to represent biblical… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (July 15, 2014)

Parent ISBN: 9780231164122

Language: English


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