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  • Author(s): Carol Grant Gould
  • Publication Information:
    Washington, D.C. : Island Press. 2004
  • معلومة اضافية
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      When William Beebe needed to know what was going on in the depths of the ocean, he had himself lowered a half-mile down in a four-foot steel sphere to see-five times deeper than anyone had ever gone in the 1930s. When he wanted to trace the evolution of pheasants in 1910, he trekked on foot through the mountains and jungles of the Far East to locate every species. To decipher the complex ecology of the tropics, he studied the interactions of every creature and plant in a small area from the top down, setting the emerging field of tropical ecology into dynamic motion. William Beebe's curiosity about the natural world was insatiable, and he did nothing by halves. As the first biographer to see the letters and private journals Beebe kept from 1887 until his death in 1962, science writer Carol Grant Gould brings the life and times of this groundbreaking scientist and explorer compellingly to light. From the Galapagos Islands to the jungles of British Guiana, from the Bronx Zoo to the deep seas, Beebe's biography is a riveting adventure. A best-selling author in his own time, Beebe was a fearless explorer and thoughtful scientist who put his life on the line in pursuit of knowledge. The unique glimpses he provided into the complex web of interactions that keeps the earth alive and breathing have inspired generations of conservationists and ecologists. This exciting biography of a great naturalist brings William Beebe at last to the recognition he deserves.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9781597261074. 9781559638586. 9781610911450.
    • Accession Number:
      767736184
    • Accession Number:
      400526
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      CAROL GRANT GOULD. The Remarkable Life of William Beebe : Explorer and Naturalist. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2004. ISBN 9781597261074. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=400526&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 12 jul. 2020.
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      Carol Grant Gould. The Remarkable Life of William Beebe : Explorer and Naturalist. Washington, D.C.: Island Press; 2004. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=400526&custid=s8280428. Accessed July 12, 2020.
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      Carol Grant Gould. The Remarkable Life of William Beebe : Explorer and Naturalist. Island Press; 2004. Accessed July 12, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=400526&custid=s8280428
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      Carol Grant Gould. (2004). The Remarkable Life of William Beebe : Explorer and Naturalist. Island Press.
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      Carol Grant Gould. 2004. The Remarkable Life of William Beebe : Explorer and Naturalist. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=400526&custid=s8280428.
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      Carol Grant Gould (2004) The Remarkable Life of William Beebe : Explorer and Naturalist. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=400526&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 12 July 2020).
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      Carol Grant Gould 2004, The Remarkable Life of William Beebe : Explorer and Naturalist, Island Press, Washington, D.C., viewed 12 July 2020, .
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      Carol Grant Gould. The Remarkable Life of William Beebe : Explorer and Naturalist. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2004. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=400526&custid=s8280428.
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      Carol Grant Gould. The Remarkable Life of William Beebe : Explorer and Naturalist [Internet]. Washington, D.C.: Island Press; 2004 [cited 2020 Jul 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=400526&custid=s8280428

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2004 December #1

A born naturalist with a literary bent, William Beebe (1877-1962) was also a crack shot, a strong swimmer, an expert pilot, and a good photographer. His genius and dedication secured him a curatorial position at the then-brand-new Bronx Zoo, which became a launching pad for pioneering wildlife studies in Trinidad, British Guinea, the Galapagos Islands, and Bermuda. An innovative ecological thinker and close observer of jungle life, Beebe transformed himself into a deep-sea marine biologist, traveling further into the depths via bathysphere than anyone had ever gone before. Ever curious, disciplined, and intrepid, Beebe wrote a stream of best-selling books, discovered numerous unknown species, mentored young scientists (including Rachel Carson), and was close friends with Theodore Roosevelt. Granted unprecedented access to Beebe's papers, science writer Gould tells the entire enthralling story of Beebe's extraordinary life with steadfast acumen and infectious enthusiasm. Crisply elucidating the significance of his trailblazing inquiries into natural selection and practice of studying an organism within "its whole ecosystem," she also sensitively chronicles his concern over the accelerating decimation of the wild. Gould has brought back to vibrant life an essential figure in environmental science and an utterly captivating human being. ((Reviewed December 1, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.