The Resource Louis Agassiz : creator of American science, Christoph Irmscher

Louis Agassiz : creator of American science, Christoph Irmscher

Label
Louis Agassiz : creator of American science
Title
Louis Agassiz
Title remainder
creator of American science
Statement of responsibility
Christoph Irmscher
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One hundred and seventy-five years ago, a Swiss immigrant took America by storm, launching American science as we know it. The irrepressible Louis Agassiz, legendary at a young age for his work on mountain glaciers, focused his prodigious energies on the fauna of the New World. Invited to deliver a series of lectures in Boston, he never left, becoming the most famous scientist of his time. A pioneer in field research and an obsessive collector, Agassiz enlisted the American public in a vast campaign to send him natural specimens, dead or alive, for his ingeniously conceived museum of comparative zoology. As an educator of enduring impact, he trained a generation of American scientists and science teachers, men and women alike. Irmscher sheds new light on Agassiz's fascinating partnership with his brilliant wife, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, a science writer in her own right who would go on to become the first president of Radcliffe College. But there's a dark side to the story. Irmscher adds unflinching evidence of Agassiz's racist impulses and shows how avidly Americans looked to men of science to mediate race policy. The book's potent, original scenes include the pitched battle between Agassiz and his student Henry James Clark as well as the merciless, often amusing exchanges between Darwin and Harvard botanist Asa Gray over Agassiz's stubborn resistance to evolution. A fascinating life story, both inspiring and cautionary, for anyone interested in the history of American ideas
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Irmscher, Christoph
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH31.A2
LC item number
I47 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Agassiz, Louis
  • Agassiz, Louis
  • Naturalists
  • Natural history
Label
Louis Agassiz : creator of American science, Christoph Irmscher
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 358-415) and index
Contents
Agassiz at Rest -- The Ice King -- Humboldt's Gift -- Darwin's Barnacles, Agassiz's Jellyfish -- Mr. Clark's Headache -- A Pint of Ink -- A Delicate Balance -- A Galapagos Picnic -- Epilogue -- Chronology
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 434 p.
Isbn
9780547577678
Lccn
2012014225
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 4102328-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4102328
  • (Sirsi) o772099421
  • (OCoLC)772099421
Label
Louis Agassiz : creator of American science, Christoph Irmscher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 358-415) and index
Contents
Agassiz at Rest -- The Ice King -- Humboldt's Gift -- Darwin's Barnacles, Agassiz's Jellyfish -- Mr. Clark's Headache -- A Pint of Ink -- A Delicate Balance -- A Galapagos Picnic -- Epilogue -- Chronology
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 434 p.
Isbn
9780547577678
Lccn
2012014225
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 4102328-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4102328
  • (Sirsi) o772099421
  • (OCoLC)772099421

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