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Author Dobbs, David, 1958-

Title Reef madness : Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the meaning of coral / David Dobbs.

Imprint New York : Pantheon, c2005.

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Location Call No. Status OPAC Message Public Note Gift Note
 Moore Stacks  QE565 .D63 2005    Available  ---
Edition 1st ed.
Description x, 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-288) and index.
Contents Magpie -- Neuch√Ętel -- Freiburg -- Cambridge -- Fixity -- Transmutation -- Selection -- A still greater sorrow -- The pleasure of gambling -- To light: Murray's reefs -- A question of science -- Accrual -- "A conspiracy of silence" -- To sea -- The last archipelago -- A connected account -- Eniwetok.
Summary This book examines, from a number of perspectives, a period of change in the nature of scientific thought, as represented in the 19th century debate over the formation of coral atolls and reefs between Charles Darwin and Alexander Agassiz, the son of Darwin's great opponent Louis Agassiz. Though the son opposed his father in siding with Darwin's theory of evolution, he made it his life's work to disprove Darwin's theory on coral; while ultimately shown to be incorrect, Agassiz's work laid the foundations of modern oceanography.
Subject Coral reefs and islands.
Science -- History -- 19th century.
Agassiz, Alexander, 1835-1910.
Natural history -- Philosophy.
ISBN 0375421610 (hardcover : alk. paper)