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“Riveting. Surprising. Shocking, even! Why Fish Don’t Exist begins with a mesmerizing account of the life of distinguished biologist David Starr Jordan—and then, quite unexpectedly, turns into so much more. Narrated in Lulu Miller’s intimate, quirky voice, this is a story of science and struggle, of heartbreak and chaos. This book will capture your heart, seize your imagination, smash your preconceptions, and rock your world.”
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“Unconventional… What initially seems like an homage to an indomitable scientist [turns] into a philosophical tale about the limitations of tidy narratives and the dangers of unyielding belief.”
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“The original, intricate illustrations… that accompany each chapter are captivating, with an otherworldly, even nightmarish quality. They lend the book an air of antiquity, as though the reader is holding a 19th-century science text or a Bible… Intriguing and illuminating.”
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07THBZ4VD
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (April 14, 2020)
- Publication date : April 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 27309 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 234 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,342 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The only substantial discussion of ichthyology in this is text is in fact directly parroted from an different work Naming Nature, by Carol Kaesuk Yoon. I have read that work, this one contains hardly any original material on the subject and frankly rather abuses the fairly complex taxonomic point that 'fish' as referenced in common parlance do not form a monophyletic group using cladistic methods and in doing so completely fails to answer the question possessed by its title (something Yoon's text, for what it's worth, at least tries to do). Instead, it chooses to deploy this particular factoid as a rather complex metaphor.
There is much to recommend about this book, as a memoir of a young woman in the United States interlaced with a biography, and the illustrations by Kate Samworth used for the chapter headings are quite lovely (and quite non-creditted on main page, come on Amazon), but if you're looking for a book that's even remotely about fish, look elsewhere.
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This is truly one of the most profound books of our time, Lulu takes personal stories weaves them in science and contemporary histories, to tell a story of search and discovery, understanding and questioning
Funny at times, frustrating facts of humans history, a-ha moments, smiles, tears, googling, corner flipping, can't put it down, still thinking about it...kind of book