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The sounding of the whale : science & cetaceans in the twentieth century

Author: D Graham Burnett
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Explores how humans' view of whales changed from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, looking at how the sea mammals were once viewed as monsters but evolved into something much gentler and more beautiful.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D Graham Burnett
ISBN: 9780226100579 022610057X
OCLC Number: 859555955
Notes: Originally published: 2012.
Awards: Commended for PROSE (Hist Sci/Med/Tech) 2012
Description: xxii, 793 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Into the belly of the beast --
The prince of whales --
A cetaceous parliament --
Trials of force --
Shots across the bow.
Responsibility: D. Graham Burnett.

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Tells the story of the transformation of cetaceans from grotesque monsters, useful only as wallowing kegs of fat and fertilizer, to playful friends of humanity, bellwethers of environmental  Read more...

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"A remarkable book, an astounding piece of research." (David Blackburn, Guardian) "By questioning the very nature of our scientific interest in the whale, Burnett has set the tone for a new century Read more...

 
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