9781882886197

Jefferson And Science

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  • ISBN13:

    9781882886197

  • ISBN10:

    1882886194

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-01
  • Publisher: Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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Summary

Though we most often think of Jefferson as president and statesman, he is also recognized, in the words of the late Dumas Malone, "as an American pioneer in numerous branches of science, notably paleontology, ethnology, geography, and botany." In this fascinating book, Silvio Bedini, the acknowledged authority on Jefferson's "supreme delight" in the sciences, explores his wide-ranging mathematical and scientific pursuits. Taught surveying by his map-making father, Jefferson developed an interest in measurement and observation at an early age. He was captivated not only by the topography around him, but also by the stars and planets in the heavens above and by the minerals, fossils, artifacts, and plants in the soil below. Known internationally as a man of learning and as the long-serving president of the American Philosophical Society, Jefferson read widely, corresponded with other science enthusiasts worldwide, promoted scientific exploration--most notably, the Lewis and Clark expedition--andperformed his own diverse experiments. Painting a broad picture of Jefferson as scientist, this book offers a captivating new look at one of America's great Renaissance men.

Table of Contents

Preface 9(6)
Donald Fleming
Introduction 15(2)
Surveying
17(12)
Meteorology
29(6)
Astronomy
35(6)
The American Philosophical Society
41(3)
Science in Europe
44(3)
Notes on the State of Virginia
47(4)
Ethnology
51(6)
Health and Medicine
57(3)
Paleontology
60(5)
Exploration and Discovery
65(6)
Invention
71(13)
Botany
84(3)
Horology
87(5)
Agriculture
92(8)
The University of Virginia
100(8)
Notes 108(9)
Bibliography 117(5)
Index 122

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