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Jefferson's shadow : the story of his science

Author: Keith Stewart Thomson
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
The Founding Fathers being aware of the significance of their lives and usually painstakingly wrote down their thoughts and actions, sometimes through letters and at other times just journalizing what was going on at the time so that following generations would have a better understanding of them and history. As much as possibe the actual writing with sometimes peculiar spelling to us but unique to the author. This  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Stewart Thomson
ISBN: 9780300184037 0300184034 9780300205930 0300205937
OCLC Number: 785864721
Description: xiii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Lost: one large moose --
The man who could not live without books --
Schooling, formal and informal --
A measured and orderly world --
Science and the mastodon --
The natural history of Virginia and America --
Mountains and shells --
On fossils and extinction --
Europe and the peoples of America --
Natural history, slavery, and race --
The color of their skin --
The Paris years --
The practical scientist --
Climate and geography --
Redeeming the wilderness --
The unknown west --
"His theories I cannot admire" --
Philosophers unwelcome --
Transcendental truths --
Epilogue: measuring the shadow --
Appendix: Jefferson's letter on climate to Jean Baptiste Le Roy.
Responsibility: Keith Thomson.


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