Science on Tap

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What’s on tap:

Monday, April 13, 2015
6 pm. Doors open at 5pm!
National Mechanics
22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

The Lost World of Plant Monsters 

Animal-Plants, Stone-Plants, and other Categorical Challenges 

Abraham Trembley, Memoires pour servir a ‘histoire d’un genre de polypes d’eau douce…. Leiden 1744, pl. 3

Stone-Plants. Animal-Plants. Sensitive Plants. Eighteenth-century natural history was populated with categories that we no longer recognize but that at the time presented serious challenges to classification. This talk revisits a world of plant monsters, whose ability to walk, to feed, or to feel breached the boundaries between animal and vegetable kingdoms and helped to revise what it means to be a plant, a human, or something in between.

Regouby imageLynnette Regouby is a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Museum. She has a PhD in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her doctoral research investigated analogies between plants and humans in eighteenth-century French art, literature, and science. At the APS Museum, she is co-curating a new exhibition, Jefferson, Science, and Exploration, which opens in April 2015.

April’s Science on Tap event is hosted by the American Philosophical Society.

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