[UCP Books]: The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century

“A very good book.”
Larry McMurtry, Harper’s
“A history of breathtaking depth.”
Gregg Mitman, Nature

Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century

D. Graham Burnett

Publication date: October 8, 2013 $30.00 • £21.50
International publication date: October 22, 2013   Paper ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10057-9

“A remarkable book, an astounding piece of research.”—David Blackburn, Guardian
“A sweeping, important study of cetacean science and policy. . . . A gifted and often very funny writer, Burnett bristles at the restrictions of academic rigor but does not abandon them. . . . His greatest service is to tell a story that helps us understand the present-day political obstacles to addressing key environmental questions.”—New York Times Book Review
“By questioning the very nature of our scientific interest in the whale, Burnett has set the tone for a new century of discovery—and, one hopes, recovery.”—Nature
“In other hands it might have yielded a story as dry as dust, but this historian has an eye for small, telling details, resulting in an intriguing book full of paradoxes and unlikely heroes.”—Tim Flannery, New York Review of Books
D. Graham Burnett is professor of history and history of science at Princeton University, where he teaches in the Interdiscipinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, and directs graduate studies in the Program in History of Science. He is an editor at Cabinet magazine and the author of four books.

Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.



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