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    Louis Agassiz : creator of American science / Christoph Irmscher.
    by Irmscher, Christoph.
    Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
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  • Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873.
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  • Naturalists -- United States -- Biography.
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  • Natural history -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
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    9780547577678 :
    0547577672 :
    Bib #: 
    853207
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    xi, 434 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
    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.
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    One hundred and seventy-five years ago, a Swiss immigrant took America by storm, launching American science as we know it. Louis Agassiz, known at a young age for his work on mountain glaciers, focused his energies on the fauna of the New World. 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 museum of comparative zoology. But there's a dark side to the story. Irmscher adds evidence of Agassiz's racist impulses and shows how avidly Americans looked to men of science to mediate race policy. --Excerpted from jacket.
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