In the Wake of the Beagle: Science in the Southern Oceans from the Age of Darwin

In the Wake of the Beagle: Science in the Southern Oceans from the Age of Darwin

by Nigel Erskine
     
 

New insights—some pertaining to global warming—are revealed in this study of Charles Darwin's travels in Australia and the South Pacific. Though Darwin spent only three months there, this investigation makes it clear that he plunged eagerly into the 19th-century world of collecting, surveying, and cross-cultural exchange in the antipodes. Focusing on

Overview

New insights—some pertaining to global warming—are revealed in this study of Charles Darwin's travels in Australia and the South Pacific. Though Darwin spent only three months there, this investigation makes it clear that he plunged eagerly into the 19th-century world of collecting, surveying, and cross-cultural exchange in the antipodes. Focusing on the groundbreaking work of Darwin and his contemporaries—including Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace—this discourse describes their interest in the southern hemisphere's complex trading relationships, innovations in navigation, and suitability for scientific research on oceans and climate change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781921410949
Publisher:
UNSW Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
192

Meet the Author

Iain McCalman is a fellow in the department of history at the University of Sydney. Nigel Erskine is an archaeologist and the curator of exploration at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

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