Science in Nineteenth-Century America: A Documentary History / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 95%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (23) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $36.48   
  • Used (19) from $1.99   


Combining well-chosen correspondence of scientists with historical commentary, Reingold brings to life the developing American scientific community of the nineteenth century. "The reader catches glimpses of William Maclure mixing science and social reform, of Joseph Henry struggling to make a place for research at the Smithsonian Institution, of Gray and Dana corresponding with Darwin, of Newcomb and Michelson planning experiments on the speed of light."—John C. Greene, Science

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226709475
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1985
  • Edition description: University of Chicago Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan Reingold is editor of the Joseph Henry Papers at the Smithsonian Institution. Among his books is Science in America: A Documentary History, 1900-1939, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Two Grand Old Men
Benjamin Silliman, Sr.
Nathaniel Bowditch

The World of the Natural Historians
Prophets of a New Order
The Botanists' World
The Unity of Science

The Geophysical Tradition I: The Alliance of Physics and Geography
Joseph Henry
Meteorology—The American Pioneers

The Wilkes Expedition

The Geophysical Tradition II: Henry, Bache, and Their Circle
The Search for a National Weather System
The Rise of Astronomy
An Enemy of the Circle—Matthew Fontaine Maury
The Coast Survey, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Lazzaroni

Evolution: From Natural History to Biology
Geology and Paleontology
The Coming of Natural Selection

The Founding of the National Academy of Sciences

Charles Sanders Peirce: The Perils of Genius
Cope and Marsh: The Battle of the Bones

The Rise of Physics
The Drapers—The Transition to Professionalism
Henry Augustus Rowland
Newcomb and Michelson
Michelson and Morley
J. Willard Gibbs

"The Highest Aim of a Physicist" by Henry A. Rowland

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)