Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 25, 2009 - Nature - 320 pages
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Explores the century-long controversy over the orgins of coral reefs, a debate that split the world of nineteenth-century science, looking at the diverse roles of Louis Agassiz, his son Alexander, and Charles Darwin and reflecting on how the search for the truth shed new light on the formation of Earth and its natural wonders.
 

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REEF MADNESS: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral

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The tragic story of the father of oceanography. Nature writer Dobbs (The Great Gulf, not reviewed) examines an obscure side battle in the 19th-century war of words between empirical science and ... Read full review

Contents

List qflllustrations
3
Magpie II
24
Freiburg
45
Fixity
63
Transzmlration
97
A Still Greater Sorrow
117
The Pleasure of Gambling
125
To Light Murrays Reefs
157
A Question of Science
167
Accrual
191
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David Dobbs was born in Texas and attended Oberlin College. His articles have appeared in Audubon, Popular Science, and Outside. His previous books include The Northern Forest (with Richard Ober) and The Great Gulf. He lives in Vermont.

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