The Remarkable Life of William Beebe: Explorer and Naturalist

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"Only dead men had sunk deeper than William Beebe's half-mile dive beneath the surface of the ocean in the 1930s. As his tiny bathysphere descended through blackness lit only by constellations of luminescent animals, Beebe and his associate became the first to see that the ocean depths, contrary to conventional wisdom, were actually thick with life - with fantastic creatures unimagined by science. That was the revelation Beebe had come for." "Insatiable in his curiosity about the natural world, Beebe plunged far deeper, traveled farther, and
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"Only dead men had sunk deeper than William Beebe's half-mile dive beneath the surface of the ocean in the 1930s. As his tiny bathysphere descended through blackness lit only by constellations of luminescent animals, Beebe and his associate became the first to see that the ocean depths, contrary to conventional wisdom, were actually thick with life - with fantastic creatures unimagined by science. That was the revelation Beebe had come for." "Insatiable in his curiosity about the natural world, Beebe plunged far deeper, traveled farther, and looked closer at more of the life around him than any scientist had before. The result, Carol Grant Gould shows us in this new biography, was a host of landmark contributions to scientific understanding of the natural world." "A best-selling author as well as scientist, Beebe was an inspiration to thousands of armchair naturalists and a mentor for a new generation of scientists committed to viewing the natural world as a complex of interdependent ecosystems. He was also a dynamic part of New York's literary and artistic set, hosting legendary parties that included artists, writers, and actors such as Rube Goldberg, Ronald Colman, and a young and radiant Katherine Hepburn." The Remarkable Life of William Beebe, Explorer and Naturalist, illustrated with many never-before-published photographs, most of them Beebe's own, is the first biography to be based on Beebe's newly released journals and letters.
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Natural History
"Drawing on Crane's records, made available in 1989, and a host of other sources, Gould has written an engrossing account of Beebe's professional and personal life, effectively compressing his decades of hyperactivity into a mere 400 pages."
Seattle Times

"[Gould] has written a biography worthy of Beebe. It makes compelling and, better yet, inspiring reading for anyone interested in the natural world."
Natural History Magazine

"Drawing on Crane's records, made available in 1989, and a host of other sources, Gould has written an engrossing account of Beebe's professional and personal life, effectively compressing his decades of hyperactivity into a mere 400 pages."
The New York Times

"A vivid portrait."
author of Conservation and Biodiversity - Andrew P. Dobson

"William Beebe's life and work form a vital link between the age of Wallace and Darwin and today's heroes of conservation. Carol Gould's magnificent biography vividly brings Beebe to life. His life should be an inspiration both to future conservation biologists and to anyone who started out collecting bugs in their own back yard."
discoverer of the Titanic - Dr. Robert D. Ballard

"William Beebe was one of my boyhood heroes, who I followed through his articles in National Geographic Magazine. Now, thanks to the wonderful and thorough research of Carol Gould, I know the man behind those stories."
Senior Conservationist, Wildlife Conservation Society - William Conway

"A childhood spent collecting bugs and birds led William Beebe to a job at the Bronx Zoo and then to an extraordinary career of exploration, science, and writing. He wrote so beautifully of tropical and undersea wildlife that his books influenced thousands, he went deeper than anyone ever before to observe ocean depths, and he carried out plant-by-plant, bird-by-bird, beetle-by-butterfly studies that were among the first in tropical ecology. And yet he still found time to become a confidant of Teddy Roosevelt, a familiar of Noël Coward and Katherine Hepburn, and an accomplished tennis player. Carol Gould gained first access to Beebe's meticulous notes but delved much deeper. The result is an engrossing portrait of a very human but unusually important naturalist of the 20th century."
author of Lives of a Biologist - John Tyler Bonner

"In this delightful book Carol Gould has brought to light something we may have forgotten: the intensive pursuit of natural history in the early part of the twentieth century. And there is no better way of telling the story than around the central and fascinating figure of William Beebe."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559638586
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 447
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROL GRANT GOULD has written for publications ranging from The New York Times to Psychology Today and Harpers . She is coauthor ofBiological Science (Norton, 1997),  The Honey Bee (Scientific American Library,1988), Sexual Selection (Scientific American Library, 1989), and The Animal Mind (Scientific American Library, 1994).

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Table of Contents


Preface
Prologue
 
PART I. Naturalist
Chapter 1. Counting Crows
Chapter 2. Fledging
Chapter 3. Portrait of the Naturalist as a Young Man
Chapter 4. Sailing North
Chapter 5. The Scientists' Apprentice
Chapter 6. Bronx Zoological Park
Chapter 7. Widening Horizons
Chapter 8. Nestbuilding
 
PART II. Ornithologist
Chapter 9. Flying South
Chapter 10. Migration
Chapter 11. The Naturalist as Author
Chapter 12. Rain Forest at Last
Chapter 13. In Search of Wildness
Chapter 14. City Lights
Chapter 15. Pheasant Jungles
Chapter 16. Western Himalayas
Chapter 17. Bearing East
Chapter 18. Recalibration
Chapter 19. Betrayal
Chapter 20. Wilderness Found
Chapter 21. Jungle Peace
 
PART III. Marine Biologist
Chapter 22. The Encantadas
Chapter 23. New York Aerie
Chapter 24. The Arcturus Adventure
Chapter 25. Fire and Water
Chapter 26. Elswyth
Chapter 27. Bermuda Diary
Chapter 28. Out of the Depths
Chapter 29. On the Air
Chapter 30. Half Mile Down
Chapter 31. Fishing
 
PART IV. Tropical Ecologist
Chapter 32. Ocean to Jungle
Chapter 33. Rancho Grande
Chapter 34. High Jungle
Chapter 35. Simla
Chapter 36. Home to Roost
Chapter 37. Simla Sunset
 
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Selected Bibliography
Sources of Illustrations
Index
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