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The Resource A professor, a president, and a meteor : the birth of American science, Cathryn J. Prince

A professor, a president, and a meteor : the birth of American science, Cathryn J. Prince

Label
A professor, a president, and a meteor : the birth of American science
Title
A professor, a president, and a meteor
Title remainder
the birth of American science
Statement of responsibility
Cathryn J. Prince
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Prince (journalism, Quinnipiac University) is a fervent advocate for public recognition of Yale professor Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864). She builds her biography around his investigation of a meteor crash in Connecticut in 1807. Retrieving a fragment of the meteor, Silliman subjected it to scientific examination, including splitting it to analyze the interior. The papers he presented on his findings received respect in both America and Europe. He also gave lectures to fascinated citizens that included showing pieces of the meteorite. In doing this, he popularized science for the American people. His conflict with Jefferson was political and really peripheral to the story. Jefferson was certainly interested in science and curious about the meteor. The information is given in a disjointed manner. In her attempt to demonstrate Silliman's importance to science, Prince overstates the extent of ignorance among the general population, something disproved through her own quotations from observers. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
383027
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
509.73/09034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q143.S56
LC item number
P75 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the birth of American science
Label
A professor, a president, and a meteor : the birth of American science, Cathryn J. Prince
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Everything is illuminated -- The professors investigate -- The man behind the meteor -- The state of science -- President Jefferson and New England argue -- Whereby Silliman and Kingsley convince the public -- Thunderstones -- The misquote heard round the world -- Romancing the stones -- Silliman's schools -- Where we are today
Control code
18886142
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
254 pages
Isbn
9781616142247
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010029654
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn635483753
  • (OCoLC)635483753
Label
A professor, a president, and a meteor : the birth of American science, Cathryn J. Prince
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Everything is illuminated -- The professors investigate -- The man behind the meteor -- The state of science -- President Jefferson and New England argue -- Whereby Silliman and Kingsley convince the public -- Thunderstones -- The misquote heard round the world -- Romancing the stones -- Silliman's schools -- Where we are today
Control code
18886142
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
254 pages
Isbn
9781616142247
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010029654
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn635483753
  • (OCoLC)635483753

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