Science in Nineteenth-Century America

A Documentary History

Edited by Nathan Reingold

Science in Nineteenth-Century America

Edited by Nathan Reingold

347 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1964
Paper $46.00 ISBN: 9780226709475 Published June 1985
Combining well-chosen correspondence of scientists with historical commentary, Reingold brings to life the developing American scientific community of the nineteenth century. "The reader catches glimpses of William Maclure mixing science and social reform, of Joseph Henry struggling to make a place for research at the Smithsonian Institution, of Gray and Dana corresponding with Darwin, of Newcomb and Michelson planning experiments on the speed of light."—John C. Greene, Science
Two Grand Old Men
Benjamin Silliman, Sr.
Nathaniel Bowditch

The World of the Natural Historians
Prophets of a New Order
The Botanists’ World
The Unity of Science

The Geophysical Tradition I: The Alliance of Physics and Geography
Joseph Henry
Meteorology—The American Pioneers

The Wilkes Expedition

The Geophysical Tradition II: Henry, Bache, and Their Circle
The Search for a National Weather System
The Rise of Astronomy
An Enemy of the Circle—Matthew Fontaine Maury
The Coast Survey, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Lazzaroni

Evolution: From Natural History to Biology
Geology and Paleontology
The Coming of Natural Selection

The Founding of the National Academy of Sciences

Charles Sanders Peirce: The Perils of Genius
Cope and Marsh: The Battle of the Bones

The Rise of Physics
The Drapers—The Transition to Professionalism
Henry Augustus Rowland
Newcomb and Michelson
Michelson and Morley
J. Willard Gibbs

"The Highest Aim of a Physicist" by Henry A. Rowland
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