Dry Storeroom, Issue 1

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 19, 2008 - Science - 320 pages
A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary people, meticulous research, and driving passions that make London’s Natural History Museum one of the world’s greatest institutions.

In an elegant and illuminating narrative, Richard Fortey takes his readers to a place where only a few privileged scientists, curators, and research specialists have been—the hallowed halls that hold the permanent collection of the Natural History Museum. Replete with fossils, jewels, rare plants, and exotic species, Fortey’s walk through offers an intimate view of many of the premiere scientific accomplishments of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Like looking into the mind of mankind and all the fascinating discoveries, ideas, and accomplishments that reside there, Fortey’s tour is utterly entertaining from first to last.

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DRY STOREROOM NO. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum

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An insider's tour of one of the world's great museums.Hired as the "trilobite man" at London's Natural History Museum in 1970, Fortey (Earth, 2004, etc.) intimately knows its collections and many of ... Read full review

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Explains the purpose of the Natural History Museum in London (and similar institutions) as a center of taxonomic & systematic research, & what this entails, through a series of stories about ... Read full review


Behind the Galleries
The Naming of Names
Old Worlds
Theatre of Plants
Multum in parvo
Museum Rocks
Noahs Ark in Kcnsington
House of the Muses

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About the author (2008)

Richard Fortey was a senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. His previous books include the critically acclaimed Life: An Unauthorized Biography, short-listed for the Rhône Poulenc Prize in 1998; Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution, short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001; and The Hidden Landscape, which won the Natural World Book of the Year in 1993. He was Collier Professor for the Public Understanding of Science in 2002 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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