By David N. Livingstone
Nathaniel Southgate Shaler and the tradition of yank technological know-how is the 1st book-length research of the guy who served a Harvard’s Professor of Geology and Paleontology through the Darwinian period. Shaler used to be a scholar of Louis Agassiz and went directly to a winning, multifaceted profession as a geologist, geographer, educator, humanist, and poet. Livingstone employs a thematic method of chart Shaler’s profession opposed to the wider highbrow currents of America’s Gilded Age. After tracing Shaler’s lifestyles tale from his boyhood in Kentucky via his scholar years at Harvard, his provider with the Geological Survey, and at last his years as Dean of Harvard’s Lawrence clinical university, the writer examines Shaler’s evolutionary imaginative and prescient and portrays his strategic efforts to reconcile the 19th century’s medical and non secular global views. Livingstone assesses Shaler’s prolific writings, together with these on race, which show a standard challenge to supply a “scientific” standpoint at the political questions of immigration limit and eugenic keep an eye on. moreover, the ebook explores his efforts to interweave geography and background, quite in terms of the yankee frontier; and his contributions to geology and geomorphology. The portrait of Shaler is finished with a overview of his academic considering and his position in setting up the yankee summer season tuition and in furthering clinical and technological education. Nathaniel Southgate Shaler emerges from Livingstone’s paintings as a particular determine within the improvement of the hot clinical tradition, a determine who presents a focus for assessing the influence of evolutionary naturalism on late-nineteenth-century American idea.
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15 Page 10 2 Shaler and His Contemporaries Of course a sad deal is lost. Mr. Shaler's presence was magnetic and heartening; his speech was wine; his laugh a cordial. These may be suggested in writing; they cannot be recaptured. A man is always better than a book. Charles T. Copeland, "Biography of Shaler" During the Harvard Summer School of 1906, Charles T. Copeland reminded his hearers of the words of a recently published book, The Individual. Its author had condemned costly funerals and monuments and had suggested insteadas the best memorialsscholarships, charities, and the like in the name of those who had gone before.
Title. II. Series. paper) British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data is available. Page v To my father and mother Page vii I have just read Shaler's autobiography, and it has fairly haunted me with the overflowing impression of his myriad-minded character. Full of excesses as he was, due to his intense vivacity, impulsiveness, and imaginativeness, his centre of gravity was absolutely steady, and I knew no man whose sense of the larger relation of things was always so true and right. Of all the minds I have known, his leaves the largest impression, and I miss him more than I have missed anyone before.
K. "8 Even more specifically, I shall argue that the work of Shaler as a founding father of American academic geography mirrors the nineteenth century currents of thought in geology, theology, biology, and sociologydisciplines hitherto conducted within a framework derived from natural theologyand that it, like them, exhibits the same fundamental reorientation in the conception of the relations between nature, humanity, and God that was necessitated by the Darwinian revolution. "9 In this transitional context, I believe, Shaler's contributions can best be understood.