This book shows how modern European Languages have a large number of metaphors which represent the whole of nature. For example, Mother Nature, the celestial harmony, the great chain of being, and the book of nature, are used in natural science and in literature. These and other metaphors have a powerful influence on the framing of scientific hypothesis making, and these words have guided the history of natural science for several millennia. Each chapter in this book is a parallel longitudinal history of a word or phrase which represents the whole of nature, and which has influenced natural science and general literature, and especially North American nature writing.
Stephen A. Norwick is Professor of Geology at Sonoma State University.
Brief Table of Contents; Detailed Table of Contents; Preface by Professor Bruce Clarke; Foreword by the Author; Study of Metaphors in the History of Science; Volume 1; 1. Mother Earth, Mother Nature and the Handmaiden of God; 2. The Muses as Goddesses of Natural History and Poetic Inspiration; 3. The Music of the Spheres versus the Clockwork Universe; 4. The Humanoid Macrocosm; 5. The Thread of Life, the Great Chain of Being, and the Food Web; Volume 2; 6. Nature as the Creation, and the Problem of Evolution for Nature Writers; 7. The Tree of Life: Eden, Yggdrasil, and the True Cross; 8. The Shape of the Planet Earth and the Size of the Universe; 9. The Book of Nature; 10. The River of Life, the Hydrologic Cycle, and the Biogeochemical Flux; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.