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Ferdinand V. Hayden : entrepreneur of science

Author: James G Cassidy
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By 1865 the American West had been thoroughly explored, but the knowledge obtained was by no means comprehensive. Though Americans generally agreed that the West was full of opportunities, exactly what those opportunities were and how they might best be exploited was not completely clear. Agriculture as it was then practiced was unsuitable for the rugged mountains and arid plains. Mining success depended upon
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: F V Hayden; F V Hayden; Ferdinand V Hayden
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James G Cassidy
ISBN: 080321507X 9780803215078
OCLC Number: 42866209
Description: xxv, 389 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Geological Surveys in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America --
The Making of a Frontier Naturalist --
The Survey of Nebraska as the Starting Point --
Harnessing Interests to Entrepreneurial Science --
Positions, Patronage, and Professionals --
Executive of Science --
Publishing and Publicizing --
Competing in a Changing Environment --
Generalist versus Technocrat --
The Sun Sets on Hayden's West.
Other Titles: Hayden
Responsibility: James G. Cassidy.
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The story of the Hayden expeditions and government patronage and science in Gilded Age America.  Read more...

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