Civic and Economic Zoology in Nineteenth-Century Germany: The "Living Communities" of Karl Mobius

  title={Civic and Economic Zoology in Nineteenth-Century Germany: The "Living Communities" of Karl Mobius},
  author={Lynn K. Nyhart},
  pages={605 - 630}
  • L. Nyhart
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • History
  • Isis
In an effort to broaden our analytical approach to nineteenth-century German science, this essay examines the intellectual and social worlds of the Kiel zoologist Karl Mobius from the late 1850s to the late 1870s. I first analyze Mobius's famous concept of the "bioconose" or biotic community, which appeared in an 1877 monograph on oyster-culture. Although this book seems to exemplify the conjunction between state and university that has dominated the historiography of German science, in fact… 

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