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Dadswell, Ted 1934-

Works: 1 works in 16 publications in 1 language and 1,073 library holdings
Genres: Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QH31.W58, 508.092
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Most widely held works by Ted Dadswell
The Selborne pioneer : Gilbert White as naturalist and scientist, a re-examination by Ted Dadswell( )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gilbert White's name is known universally but, as Ted Dadswell insists in this book, important aspects of his work have frequently been overlooked even by scholarly editors. The Selborne naturalist (1720-93) has been described as 'a prince of personal observers'; but a shrewd analytical questioning and comparing was also typical of his 'natural knowledge'." "Exceptional even in his general aims, White studied the behaviour, the 'manners' and 'conversation', of his animals and plants. He saw, moreover, that an animal or plant and indeed a parish such as his own, was unitary in operation; again and again, a cause had numerous effects and an effect numerous causes. Observation could go forward in circumstances such as these, if one as both sharp-eyed and patient, but how could true investigation be managed? How could a particular cause or effect be isolated or tested? Here what Dadswell calls White's 'comparative habit' was put to use. Gilbert White was a careful keeper of records, and using these comparatively he 'appealed to controls' while examining his living creatures."--BOOK JACKET
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The Selborne pioneer : Gilbert White as naturalist and scientist, a re-examination
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