Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science

Valutazione media 4,33
( su 6 valutazioni fornite da Goodreads )
 
9780674088184: Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science

Walden’s Shore explores Thoreau’s understanding of the “living rock” on which life’s complexity depends―not as metaphor but as physical science. Robert Thorson’s subject is Thoreau the rock and mineral collector, interpreter of landscapes, and field scientist, whose compass and measuring stick were as important to him as his plant press.

Le informazioni nella sezione "Riassunto" possono far riferimento a edizioni diverse di questo titolo.

About the Author:

Robert M. Thorson is Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut.

Review:

"Walden's Shore" has no predecessor in the field of Thoreau studies. It is a welcome addition and a needed reassessment of an iconic figure.--Jeffrey S. Cramer, editor of "The Portable Thoreau"

The work of an extraordinary mind. Thorson seeks to ground what is arguably the greatest piece of non-fiction produced in America, and one of the world's classics, not in the field of language where it has long been situated but rather in the material universe with which Thoreau extensively interacted and on which he long meditated. He stunningly succeeds in this effort.--Wayne Franklin, University of Connecticut

Walden s Shore" is a serious, substantial, and impressively erudite entry into the field--a model for how interdisciplinary approaches can bring original and revelatory perspectives to bear on even the most well-worn texts Thorson s careful reconstruction of Thoreau s likely knowledge of landscape formation and glacial theory is especially impressive, and constitutes a comprehensive account of Thoreau s relation to what was apparently a major scientific controversy of the mid-19th century.--James Williams"PopMatters" (04/22/2014)"

Thorson says that literary types haven t had the scientific chops to recognize, among other things, Thoreau s genius for river channel hydraulics and how close he came to discovering glacial theory (then unformed, now proved) to explain his terrain of erratic boulders and kettle ponds. Thorson says that Thoreau changed from science light to science heavy around 1851, and his writing shed much of the ecstatic divine metaphors for a style closer to field notes.--Katherine Whittemore"Boston Globe" (05/25/2014)"

Most people know Thoreau as an environmental essayist, a 19th-century naturalist, and a commentator and an essayist on social and political matters. Through a detailed reading of Thoreau s Journal" and Walden," Thorson shows that Thoreau was a competent scientist with expertise in limnology, geology, hydrology, and ecology. He also had a fundamental understanding of the effects of glaciers on landscapes.--L. T. Spencer"Choice" (07/01/2014)"

Le informazioni nella sezione "Su questo libro" possono far riferimento a edizioni diverse di questo titolo.

I migliori risultati di ricerca su AbeBooks

1.

Thorson, Robert M.
Editore: Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge (2014)
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 1
Da
Valley Books
(Amherst, MA, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2014. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 421pp. Photos. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Codice libro della libreria 077144

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 8,21
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,38
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

2.

Robert M. Thorson
Editore: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 10
Da
The Book Depository
(London, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Walden s Shore explores Thoreau s understanding of the living rock on which life s complexity depends-not as metaphor but as physical science. Robert Thorson s subject is Thoreau the rock and mineral collector, interpreter of landscapes, and field scientist, whose compass and measuring stick were as important to him as his plant press. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780674088184

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 20,48
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

3.

Robert M. Thorson
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Quantità: 5
Da
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria 23749521-n

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 18,24
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 2,26
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

4.

Robert M. Thorson
Editore: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 10
Da
The Book Depository US
(London, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Walden s Shore explores Thoreau s understanding of the living rock on which life s complexity depends-not as metaphor but as physical science. Robert Thorson s subject is Thoreau the rock and mineral collector, interpreter of landscapes, and field scientist, whose compass and measuring stick were as important to him as his plant press. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780674088184

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 20,58
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

5.

Thorson, Robert M.
Editore: Harvard Univ Press
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Brossura Quantità: 1
Da
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Harvard Univ Press. Condizione libro: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Codice libro della libreria 2365807

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 21,99
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

6.

THORSON
Editore: Harvard University Press
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Quantità: > 20
Da
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Harvard University Press. Condizione libro: New. Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 0674088182

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 20,03
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,00
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

7.

Thorson, Robert M.
Editore: Harvard Univ Pr (2015)
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Quantità: > 20
Da
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Harvard Univ Pr, 2015. PAP. Condizione libro: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Codice libro della libreria TH-9780674088184

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 19,63
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 3,42
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

8.

Thorson, Robert M.
Editore: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England (2015)
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Softcover Quantità: 2
Da
Ad Infinitum Books
(Mount Vernon, NY, U.S.A.)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England, 2015. Softcover. Condizione libro: New. 440 pages. Softcover. New book. SCIENCE. "Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward," Thoreau invites his readers in Walden, "till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality." Walden's Shore explores Thoreau's understanding of that hard reality, not as metaphor but as physical science. Robert M. Thorson is interested in Thoreau the rock and mineral collector, interpreter of landscapes, and field scientist whose compass and measuring stick were as important to him as his plant press. At Walden's climax, Thoreau asks us to imagine a "living earth" upon which all animal and plant life is parasitic. This book examines Thoreau's understanding of the geodynamics of that living earth, and how his understanding informed the writing of Walden. The story unfolds against the ferment of natural science in the nineteenth century, as Natural Theology gave way to modern secular science. That era saw one of the great blunders in the history of American scienceÑthe rejection of glacial theory. Thorson demonstrates just how close Thoreau came to discovering a "theory of everything" that could have explained most of the landscape he saw from the doorway of his cabin at Walden. At pivotal moments in his career, Thoreau encountered the work of the geologist Charles Lyell and that of his protŽgŽ Charles Darwin. Thorson concludes that the inevitable path of Thoreau's thought was descendental, not transcendental, as he worked his way downward through the complexity of life to its inorganic origin, the living rock. Robert M. Thorson is Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut. "In his 1854 masterpiece Walden, the U.S. writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau invites us to 'wedge our feet downwardÉtill we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality.' Geologist Robert Thorson obliges, focusing on Thoreau as a flinty amateur geologist to reinject science into his literary legacy. Thoreau, Thorson persuasively argues, was as grounded in rock as he was in the elemental understanding of the cosmos sought by the Transcendentalist movement."ÑNature "Thorson says that literary types haven't had the scientific chops to recognize, among other things, Thoreau's 'genius for river channel hydraulics' and how close he came to discovering glacial theory (then unformed, now proved) to explain his terrain of erratic boulders and kettle ponds. Thorson says that Thoreau changed from 'science light' to 'science heavy' around 1851, and his writing shed much of the ecstatic divine metaphors for a style closer to field notes."ÑKatherine Whittemore, The Boston Globe "Walden's Shore is a serious, substantial, and impressively erudite entry into the fieldÑa model for how interdisciplinary approaches can bring original and revelatory perspectives to bear on even the most well-worn textsÉ Thorson's careful reconstruction of Thoreau's likely knowledge of landscape formation and glacial theory is especially impressive, and constitutes a comprehensive account of Thoreau's relation to what was apparently a major scientific controversy of the mid-19th century."ÑJames Williams, PopMatters "Most people know Thoreau as an environmental essayist, a 19th-century naturalist, and a commentator and an essayist on social and political matters. Through a detailed reading of Thoreau's Journal and Walden, Thorson shows that Thoreau was a competent scientist with expertise in limnology, geology, hydrology, and ecology. He also had a fundamental understanding of the effects of glaciers on landscapes."ÑL.T. Spencer, Choice "[Thorson] adds depth to the iconic image of Thoreau, revered for his contributions to the American literary renaissance and his role as a social reformer. Thorson uses Thoreau's journals as a source for his contention that he had a keen interest in geology and the emerging theories of geological evolution reflected in Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches (1851), which Thoreau rea. book. Codice libro della libreria 83833X1

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 20,24
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 4,27
In U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

9.

Robert M. Thorson
Editore: Harvard University Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Quantità: > 20
Da
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 2015. PAP. Condizione libro: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Codice libro della libreria WH-9780674088184

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 17,02
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: EUR 10,03
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

10.

Robert M. Thorson
Editore: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0674088182 ISBN 13: 9780674088184
Nuovi Paperback Quantità: 10
Da
Book Depository hard to find
(London, Regno Unito)
Valutazione libreria
[?]

Descrizione libro HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, United States, 2015. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Walden s Shore explores Thoreau s understanding of the living rock on which life s complexity depends-not as metaphor but as physical science. Robert Thorson s subject is Thoreau the rock and mineral collector, interpreter of landscapes, and field scientist, whose compass and measuring stick were as important to him as his plant press. Codice libro della libreria BTE9780674088184

Maggiori informazioni su questa libreria | Fare una domanda alla libreria

Compra nuovo
EUR 27,30
Convertire valuta

Aggiungere al carrello

Spese di spedizione: GRATIS
Da: Regno Unito a: U.S.A.
Destinazione, tempi e costi

Vedi altre copie di questo libro

Vedi tutti i risultati per questo libro