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The Republican Temple of Nature

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Science  26 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5504, pp. 601-602
DOI: 10.1126/science.1057932

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Utopia's Garden French Natural History from Old Regime to Revolution. E. C. Spary. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2000. 337 pp. $70, £44.50. ISBN 0-226-76862-7. Paper, $25, £16. ISBN 0-226-76863-5.

Spary examines the transformation of the Jardin du Roi into the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. She finds the institution's survival through the tumult of the French Revolution was aided by its claims that it could help educate the citizens while increasing national prosperity and individual virtue.