A Cultural History of Heredity by Hans-Jorg Rheinberger, Peter McLaughlin, Staffan

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Vandermonde adapted Buffon’s version of active matter to his own more medical vision of prescriptions for human betterment where heredity is key. In the realm of satire, boundaries can be tested with even greater abandon. An anonymous pamphlet published in Paris in 1772 tells the “true and marvelous story of a “lynx-girl” who could see into solid objects. ’” The author discusses the odd trait of the lynx-girl by analogy to hydroscopes, people with the ability to find water underground by seeing through the earth.

44 Duchesne’s Strawberries: Between Grower’s Practices and Academic Knowledge Fig. 1 Fragaria Monophylla by S. Edwards. From The Botanical Magazine 2 (1788). 45 Marc J. ” 1 Thanks to a particular hybridization, the result was spectacular and the King decided to patronise him. “He authorized Duchesne to raise more F. ” 2 Such a high patron opened him many doors. Tutored by Bernard de Jussieu, who had helped him from the beginning, he wrote to Haller, to Linnaeus, to other French and European naturalists to ask for seeds and specimens.

Paris: Briasson. Formey, Jean-Henri-Samuel. 1789. Souvenirs d’un citoyen, 2 vols. Berlin: Lagarde. Haller, Albrecht von. 1751. Réflexions sur le systême de la génération de M. de Buffon. Geneve: Chez Barrillot. Hoffheimer, Michael H. 1982. ” Journal of the History of Biology 15(1):119–144. Lelarge de Lignac, Joseph Adrien. 1751. Lettres à un Amériquain sur l’Histoire naturelle, générale et particuliere de Monsieur de Buffon. 2 vols. Hambourg. López-Beltrán, Carlos. 1994. ” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 25:211–235.

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