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European Journals of William Maclure (Memoir 171)
European Journals of William Maclure

 
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By John Doskey
Year: 1988
Pages: 815
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 087169171X

Product Code: 087169171X

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Memoir 171
William Maclure (1763-1840) was an Am. geologist & philanthropist who traveled extensively in Europe during the early years of the 19th century, conducting geological surveys & collecting rock & mineral specimens for schools & scientific institutions in the U.S. He has been called “the Father of Modern Geology” for the extraordinary feat of having made a one-man geological survey of the eastern U.S. from Maine to Georgia, & from the Mississippi to the Atlantic. Maclure used his wealth to support such institutions as the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia & to subsidize the work of a number of scientists & teachers. He was also concerned with the reform of education & set up libraries & schools for children of the lower classes. Scholars have questioned why Maclure retired early to devote the rest of his life to science & reform. Some answers may be found in this vol., which includes transcriptions from microfilm of some 20 journals which Maclure kept during his travels & research in Europe; they span the years 1805-15 & 1820-25. Illus.

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