xiv, 266 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction. The peace offering that stank. Maurice v. Judd and the history of science. From dock to docket Common sense. Manhattan and its whales The philosophical whale. Samuel Latham Mitchill and natural history in New York City. "No more a fish than a man". Taxonomy at the bar Naturalists in the crow's nest. What the whalemen knew Men of affairs. The whale in the swamp The jury steps out. The Knickerbockers slay a Yankee whale. Who decides who decides? Picking up the Pisces Conclusion. New science, New York, new nation. Epilogue : Whales and fish, philosophers and historians, science and society.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-245) and index.
KF228.M38 B87 2007
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