0845 474 4572
info@eurospanbookstore.com

In stock: Usually despatched within 24hrs

Grove Karl Gilbert

A Great Engine of Research

Stephen J. Pyne (author) Wayne Franklin (series editor)

ISBN: 9781587296185

Publication Date: Oct 2007

Format: Paperback

The life of Grove Karl Gilbert, first chief geologist of the US Geological Survey, spanned the heroic age of American geology during the time that this young earth science was being intellectually and institutionally defined. This biography reveals that few other scientists can match Gilbert's range of talents.
£23.95

In stock: ships within 24hrs

  • Full Description
  • More Information
  • Author Biography
  • Customer Reviews
The life of Grove Karl Gilbert, first chief geologist of the U.S. Geological Survey, spanned the heroic age of American geology during the time that this young earth science was being intellectually and institutionally defined. By the time of Gilbert's death in 1918 at age seventy-five, geology ranked as one of the outstanding traditions in American science, with a magnificent history of exploration. As Stephen Pyne reveals in his biography, few other scientists can match Gilbert's range of talents. A premier explorer of the American West who made major contributions to the cascade of new discoveries about the earth, Gilbert described two novel forms of mountain building, invented the concept of the graded stream, inaugurated modern theories of lunar origin, helped found the science of geomorphology, and added to the canon of conservation literature. Gilbert knew most of geology's grand figures - including John Wesley Powell, Clarence Dutton, and Clarence King - and Pyne's chronicle of the imperturbable, quietly unconventional Gilbert is counterpointed with sketches of these prominent scientists. The man who wrote that "happiness is sitting under a tent with walls uplifted, just after a brief shower," created answers to the larger questions of the earth in ways that have become classics of his science. Stephen Pyne's clear explication of these scientific complexities and attention to the idiosyncratic details that make up a life form a compelling biography of America's greatest geologist.
Illustrations 17 photos, 6 drawings, 1 map
Pages 322
Date Published 30 Oct 2007
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Series American Land & Life Series
Subject/s Biography & True Stories   Geology & the lithosphere  
Stephen Pyne is Regents Professor and historian in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, and the author of many books and articles on the history of exploration and environmental history. In 1995 he was awarded the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for his body-of-work contribution to American letters.

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

Post your comment

Eurospan Bookstore