The Perfumier and the Stinkhorn

The Perfumier and the Stinkhorn Reflections on Natural Science and Romanticism

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Synopsis

In these elegant, short essays, revered nature writer Richard Mabey attempts to marry a Romantic's view of the natural world with that of the meticulous observations of the scientist. By Romanticism, he refers to the view that nature isn't a machine to be dissected, but a community of which we, the observers, are inextricably part. And that our feelings about that community are a perfectly proper subject for reflection, because they shape our relationship with it. Scientists eshew such a subjective response, wanting to witness the natural world exactly, whatever feelings subsequently follow. Our feelings are an extension of our senses - sight, taste, smell, touch and sound - and here, in a sextet of inspiring meditations, Mabey explores each sensory response in what it means to interact with nature. From birdsong to poetry, from Petri-dish to microscope, this is a joyful union of meandering thoughts and intimate memories.

Book information

ISBN: 9781847654502
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Profile Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 508.01
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 110
Weight: -1g