The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium

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Princeton Architectural Press, May 12, 2005 - Architecture - 143 pages
The mysterious world beneath the ocean's surface has captivated man for centuriesthe Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and ancient Chinese all kept fish in their homes for purposes other than the culinary. But it was not until the nineteenth-century invention of the aquarium that the deep was trulydomesticated, offering the curiously inclined a chance to invent their very own exotic sea world within their own walls.

In this fascinating history of the aquarium, Bernd Brunner traces the development of this most wonderful invention, giving insight into the cultural and social circumstances that accompanied its swift rise in popularity. Brunner tells a compelling story of obsession, beauty, discovery, and delight, from the aquarium's humble origins as a tool for scientific observation to the Victorian era's elaborately decorated containers of oceanic curiosity, to the great public aquaria of the twentieth century.

 

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The Ocean at Home is a nice overview of how aquariums came to be and the history of aquariums-as-hobby or scientific endeavour. It is a brief book with plenty of illustrations, with a focus on the ... Read full review

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This is an excellent book about an important and over looked subject that is really about how we all relate to the natural world.

Contents

Dive in
7
The Second Seed
17
Passion and Diligence
25
A Strong Intensive Desire
38
From Salt to Freshwater Aquarium
59
Arriving in the United States
68
Exotic Species and Transport
78
Fashion Show
86
A New Kind of Theater
99
The Aquarium as a Dream
121
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Bernd Brunner is a Berlin-based writer. A graduate of the Free University Berlin, he has written extensively for television and various print media.

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