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Louis Agassiz Creator of American Science (Hardcover)

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0547577672
ISBN-13: 9780547577678
Sku: 227825864
Publish Date: 2/5/2013
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1.5T
Pages:  448
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A provocative new life restoring Agassiz--America''s most famous natural scientist of the 19th century, inventor of the Ice Age, stubborn anti-Darwinist--to his glorious, troubling place in science and culture.
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Charismatic and controversial, Louis Agassiz is our least known revolutionary?some fifty years after American independence, he became a founding father of American science.

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.

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"Irmscher is a richly descriptive writer with an eye for detail, the complexities and contradictions of character, and the workings of institutional and familial power structures....This is a book not just about a man of science but also about a scientific culture in the making--warts and all." - Rebecca Stott 02/03/20132

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0448
Product attributePublisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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