By Lawrence Weschler
Pronged ants, horned people, a panorama carved on a fruit pit--some of the screens in David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic know-how are hoaxes. yet which of them? As he courses readers via an highbrow corridor of mirrors, Lawrence Weschler revisits the 16th-century "wonder cabinets" that have been the 1st museums and compels readers to envision the inventive origins of either paintings and technological know-how. Illustrations.
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Extra resources for Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology
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Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology by Lawrence Weschler