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Art, Science and the Environment: A Festschrift for Emeritus Professor Don Bradshaw Chair of Zoology 1976–2004 The University of Western Australia
This illuminating book reflects Don Bradshaw’s passion for zoological research, a talent and understanding of the arts, a love of France and a desire to manage and conserve the environment. The articles have been kindly contributed to the festschrift by close colleagues with whom Don shares a mutual respect. They are original and thought provoking.
Their breadth ranges from a search for new ways of measuring time, how Picasso’s paintings have inspired predictive diagnostic tests in human pathology, to reflections on the painter Turner’s last words spoken to the dying John Ruskin.
Papers include ones on the use of Popperian philosophy in solving taxonomic problems, the reproductive strategies of aspic vipers and useful advice to young biologists from two practitioners. “Wild Cities”, from Richard Weller, relates the failed attempt to establish ecotourism in an Indonesian jungle and a brilliant analysis by George Seddon describes the West-Australian’s long-standing love affair with Rottnest Island.