The remarkable life of William Beebe : explorer and naturalist / Carol Grant Gould.

Author
Gould, Carol Grant [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Washington, D.C. : Island Press/Shearwater Books, [2004], ©2004.
Description
xv, 447 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Summary note
"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."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 425-429) and index.
ISBN
1559638583 (cloth : alk. paper)
LCCN
2004012082
OCLC
55494944
RCP
C - S